How does your child or teenager start his or her day? Tapping away at a phone / iPad, watching TV or doing something productive? Teaching children to make their bed every day is not the easiest task, but establishing this morning routine can have a major positive impact on their happiness and productivity for years to come.
We love that our Kitelinens Stay-Tucked Sheets have become a favorite, time-saving morning hack for busy moms and dads, but did you know that our sheets that never come untucked are also ideal for active kids who are just learning about the importance of organization and routine, and are getting into the habit of make their beds every morning? Read on to find out why Stay-Tucked Sheets are the best organic sheets for kids.
Make your bed, change the world with the best organic sheets for kids
“Make your bed, change the world” says Naval Admiral William McRaven, author of the book Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...and Maybe the World. The idea is that if you start your day by making your bed, that means you can go about the rest of your day knowing that you’ve already accomplished something. “It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another,” McRaven stated in his 2014 commencement address at the University of Texas at Austin. “By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed.”
Happiness researcher and best-selling author of “The Happiness Project” Gretchen Rubin echoes McRaven’s point about the power of starting your day right. “When I was researching my book on happiness, this was the number one most impactful change that people brought up over and over,” she said.
McRaven’s “make your bed, change the world” speech and Rubin’s research findings are poignant reminders of the payoff that a simple daily effort like making your bed every morning can have in our lives. If we begin shortcutting the simple things, how will we ever be successful in the big stuff? It’s a powerful topic of conversation to have with kids, and Kitelinens Stay-Tucked Sheets are here to help kids become masters of this routine early in life.
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What is it about Stay-Tucked Sheets that will finally get kids to follow the “make your bed” advice? It’s the hybrid design. All your child has to do when they make their bed every morning is pull up the top sheet, straighten their comforter/duvet out, and go! Because the process is simplified and easier, with no heavy mattress lifting or tedious perimeter sheet tucking required, kids can start learning how to make their bed earlier in life, build confidence and feel much less overwhelmed by this chore.
So, after you make your own bed with Kitelinens Luxury King Size Bed Sheets, Luxury Double Bed Set or Kitelinens Cotton Sateen Sheets Queen, you can head over to your child’s room and show them how easy it is. They’ll be making their bed on their own in no time! Shop our Twin Sateen Sheets and Sateen Sheets - Full in the Kitelinens store now.
So, how do I teach my kid to make their bed with sheets that don’t come untucked?
Teaching your child to get into this habit is a lot easier said than done, but luckily Kitelinens sheets that don’t come untucked make it a lot easier. Because Stay-Tucked sheets stay in place throughout the night, all your child has to do is pull up the sheet to flatten it out. They’re the best organic sheets for kids to learn this important habit with.
Start by joining them every morning to make their bed and show them how easily it can be done. You take one side of the bed and have them take the other as you straighten out the different layers of bedding. With teamwork, this part of the chore will be done in just a few seconds! Show them where their pillows go at the top of the bed, and pull the duvet/blankets taut, and you’re done!
If you think your child is still too young to make a bed, you can start by encouraging them to tidy up pillows and any plush toys on their bed at around three or four years of age and build from there. You can substitute bed-making by tidying up the bedroom or having them help you with tidying up the kitchen after breakfast by washing and putting away small plates, utensils and mugs. The trick is to start the day with at least one productive activity rather than a range of sedentary activities to set your kids up for a productive time ahead.
3 things to improve your child’s morning in addition to making the bed
Research shows that the way people begin their day can make a huge difference. If kids learn to make their beds every morning, they will have accomplished the first job of the day, which unleashes a chain reaction of other habits throughout their day. If you’re struggling to establish an organized morning routine with your child, here are some additional ideas to help make mornings better:
- Delay screen time for at least 30 minutes after wake-up. Scrolling on a phone/tablet first thing in the morning is a quick way to derail a healthy morning routine. Have your child avoid this until after they’ve been up for at least a half an hour.
- Move your body with stretching and/or exercise. Modern life is more sedentary than ever. Encourage kids to take a few minutes to move their bodies at the start of the day. Even doing 5-10 minutes of stretching, and 20 jumping jacks helps!
- Journaling/Goal-setting. Older children can learn to set priorities for the day by writing down a list of short-term daily goals. This will help them to feel organized and get clear on what they want to accomplish. Over time, they’ll be able to see how all the little daily tasks added up.
Accomplishing simple tasks like making your bed in the morning gives kids a sense of pride and reinforces the fact that it’s the little things in life that matter. And if by chance they’ve had a bad day, they’ll come home to a bed that they made. And a made bed encourages them to believe tomorrow will be a better day.
So, if you want to change the world, make your bed.