As parents we all know the importance of morning routines during the school year. Even as adults, an effective morning routine gets us out the door and onto our day more efficiently.

Mornings set the tone for the entire day, so when things don’t go smoothly, it can make the rest of the day harder to get through.

For many of us, this time of year is summer vacation, meaning the kids are home from school. Even my college aged kids have time off during the summer.

That doesn’t mean, though, that a morning routine is unnecessary. Sure, you can let them sleep in, and relax the routine a bit, but doing away with a morning routine altogether is not a good idea.

Kids, especially those with ADHD, need structure and routine in their lives. An entire summer with no routines and nothing planned is going to lead to the “I’m bored” song played continuously for the next 3 months.

A morning routine can start their day with a little bit of structure and discipline and make it more likely that they might do something other than watch tv and play video games all day.

It doesn’t have to be complicated – it could be as simple as insisting that they are up, dressed, clean and fed before 10 am.

I imposed the same morning routine on my husband when we were first married and he was laid off. I would come home from work at 6:00 to find a unshaven man still in his pajamas. Giving him a morning routine lifted his spirits and made his days at home more productive.

Maybe it can work a few wonders for your kids, too.

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