A pause before the storm of the day. (Desiree Panlilio).


In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, it’s easy to overlook the importance of a morning ritual. As parents, we often find ourselves caught up in the chaos of getting our teens ready for school and out the door. But what if we told you that a morning ritual is more than just a routine? It’s a powerful tool that can bring a sense of calm not only to ourselves but, more importantly, to our teens.

Why does a morning ritual matter? Well, picture a moment before the world wakes up, a time to gather your thoughts and set the tone for the day. It’s a simple practice that can make a significant impact on the overall well-being of your teen. IF we are honest, it can make a difference for us as a parent, why not role model a morning ritual?

Beyond the mundane act of preparing for school and rushing through the morning routine, a morning ritual is about taking a few precious moments to center oneself. It could be meditation, a quick burst of exercise, or even journaling – the key is to create a space for reflection and self-examination.

Let’s break it down. Imagine your teen spending a few minutes jotting down their thoughts, fears, and hopes for the day. A couple of paragraphs dedicated to gratitude, acknowledging the positive aspects of life. Setting intentions for the day ahead, this is the essence of a morning ritual. It’s not about the specific activity; it’s about the ritualized reflection that matters.

Now, you might be wondering, why bother with this daily routine? The answer lies in the transformative power of self-reflection. The teen years are a time of discovery and self-awareness, and a morning ritual can help in navigating these formative years.

Encourage your teen to embrace a morning ritual that resonates with them. It could be as simple as taking a few mindful breaths or engaging in a light stretching routine. The goal is to instill a sense of mindfulness and self-compassion that will stay with them throughout the day.

As parents, our role is to guide without imposing. Share the benefits of a morning ritual with your teen, but let them choose the activity that speaks to them the most. The key is to foster a sense of ownership and autonomy in establishing this daily practice.

A morning ritual is not just a routine; it’s a gift we can give our teens to help them navigate the challenges of the teen years. It’s a moment of quiet reflection, a pause before the storm of the day. Embrace and role model the power of morning rituals and set our teens on a path of self-discovery, resilience, and well-being.