“It’s not enough in today’s challenging world to just love our kids. We must give them the tools to be prepared to cope with life’s challenges in a caring and humane way. It’s our job to give them the direction they need to avoid negative influences, and become successful, caring human beings. We all need to work together… educators, moms, dads, caretakers, communities… we all have a stake in helping our kids create a better world… as a mom of three, I’ve been there.” – Dr. Michele Borba
Dr. Borba recently released, “The Big Book of Parenting Solutions.” As a preview of what the book has to offer, Dr. Borba shares simple New Year’s resolutions to help families step back from the morning chaos and make their mornings more meaningful.
- Rise and Shine: Start each morning this year by waking your kids with a mantra that is unique to them and their activities. If your child has a big baseball game, wake them up with their mitt on your hand or by singing “take me out to the ballgame.” Even including a fun routine for younger children, such as sock puppets, can make waking up more enjoyable and special.
- Put Breakfast within Arm’s Reach: Make it easier for your children to help out in the morning this New Year by placing breakfast necessities within reach. Move bowls, plates and glasses to the lowest shelves of your cupboard. Move all breakfast foods, including orange juice, milk, cereal and breakfast bars, to the lowest shelves of your refrigerator and pantry.
- Share the Headlines: Reading newspaper stories out loud to each other will give you the chance to engage with your children, work on their reading skills and teach them about current issues for the New Year and beyond. Focusing on positive stories also will help everyone head out of the door with the right mindset to take on the day.
- Race to Get Ready: Challenge your kids to a “race to get ready.” Set a time goal for each child, if they get dressed and ready for school within the allotted time, they win! You can throw in extra motivation if needed, like picking out the next movie for movie night.
Dr. Borba is featured as a Florida Orange Juice Parenting expert. Check out the video contest that could have your family heading to Florida. Entering is easy. Film a 60 to 90 second video highlighting your family’s hectic, but funny morning routine. Once your video is complete, please click the “enter contest” button to upload. For more detailed information, please read the official rules and regulations. Deadline to enter is January 9, 2011.