Waking kids up for school is a pain. They’re sleepy and so are you. But there things you can do to get your kids up and ready for the school day—and to help them be more productive long after you send them into their teachers’ care.
- Water, Water, Water
We all know about how our bodies are composed of 60-something percent water (it varies by age and sex), but we need to keep replenishing that clear, wet stuff in our bodies. When students are well-hydrated, their concentration and mental alertness increases.
- Get Their Bodies Moving
Exercise clears kids’ minds, which sets them up well for concentrating in the classroom. Even more importantly, exercise helps kids fall asleep more easily. If they’re asleep early, many of the early-morning wake-up struggles can be alleviated.
- Naptime Is Your Best Friend
“Sleep debts” are a big deal, which is why schools that incorporate naptime—even for older students—see better results out of kids. If you let the kids snooze for 40 minutes at some point in the early afternoon, they will feel recharged.
- Get Those Chakras Lined Up
Posture is a key component to a mind that thinks clearly. When kids sit up straight at their desks, their stress levels lower and their general mental health improves. To strengthen the core muscles that lead to better posture, yoga is a great option. This can be done in addition to other exercise, as listed above.
- Limit That Sugary Garbage (Except the Natural Stuff)
A well-balanced diet is a huge deal for kids’ brains. With a nice mix of proteins, fruits, veggies, grains and dairy, kids will be ready for whatever lessons their teachers throw their way. The Mayo Clinic has guidelines for proper nutrition, including specific calorie counts, that are optimal for growing kids at various ages.
- Crack Down on Late Nights
Most importantly of all, kids need rest—and a lot of it. In fact, they need significantly more sleep than adults. This means you have to be stern about bedtime. If the kids are filled up on good food and tuckered out from exercise, they’ll be primed and ready to be tucked in.