As the new year starts, my Facebook Timeline seems to be filled equally with pictures of kids in their uniforms on their first day of school, or multiple screen captures of ungodly alarm timings by the parents. I can only imagine how starting the day can be quite a stressful affair. I do believe in setting up yourself for success with a strong morning. And cajoling a sleepy child isn’t my idea of a strong start,
One of the underlying principals for me in parenting is supporting brain development. In the approach I took this morning, I took on the idea that experiences of love and affection supports a child to have a greater capacity to learn. Scans have shown a stark difference in brain development between love and neglect. Also that a loving touch in the morning (versus being woken up by a cane, for example) would promote confidence and being comfortable in their own skin.
Just This Morning.
I woke up in bed to find our little 4 year old lying beside me. She must have crawled into our bed in the middle of the night. I had ten minutes to snooze/laze before my alarm goes off. I decided on a bit of a cuddle. Sidling up to her, I laid her head on my shoulder and wrapped my arm around her.
What I did
Lovely way to wake up. For both of us.
What has your experience been? Would love to hear your thoughts.