We’ve all gone through it. That morning rush with the kids. One of the best things to do is to create a morning routine that works for you and your family. Seriously, just a few changes can make a huge difference for your entire day. You might even think that you’ve tried it all, but honestly if something isn’t working there has to be a way to fix it. ( Well, at least most of the time.)
Here are my tips to get your mornings off to a good start!
1. Set up a bedtime routine and stick to it. Nobody functions well in the morning without adequate sleep. (not even parents!) This might included evening baths and reading time to slow down.
2. Have your kids prepare their clothes the night before to eliminate tears in the morning over a favorite shirt being missing or only finding one shoe. ( We don’t do this one. I have 2 boys and they are easy breezy when it comes to get their stuff together.)
3. Do snack prep on the weekend. In addition to snack time my son also takes his lunch every day. (He’s a vegetarian.) He usually takes a thermos filled with a hot lunch. So, in order for me to have time for that I pull together snacks for the week in containers then I just drop them in his bag in the morning.
4. Get your kids involved. By the time your child is ready for school they are capable of dressing themselves and pouring their own drinks and getting cereal. Try to have your child do as much as they can for themselves. (Even pack their own lunch) As they get older they will be able to do more and help with any younger children in the house.
5. Make sure all homework is finished the night before and backpacks are full and ready to go.
6. Speaking of backpacks…designate a place for them, jackets and shoes. These items should be in that spot and ready to go in the morning. I bought some inexpensive cubbies that we keep by the front door and when the kids come in that’s where their things go.
5. No electronics in the morning! Unless you are ready to go there shouldn’t be any iPods, phones, TV or computers on causing distractions. ( Personally, I always keep the radio on in the morning and have my laptop opened on the counter. It’s not a distraction for me, but it can be for some and especially children.)
4. Find your kids have time? Add a small chore to be done in the morning. My boys take care of the pets and unload the dishwasher.
3. No phone calls! Going out or coming in! Establish mornings as family time. ( I take phone calls from the husband and my Ethel in the morning because I don’t know when I’ll get to talk to them again. That being said, you know yourself best.)
2. Wake up before your kids! ( My favorite time is that moment of coffee and silence. I check my emails and wake myself up so I’m not the cranky one.)
1. Just remember, if something isn’t working for you try to sit with it and think. You know what your best solution is and no one can answer that one for you. If it’s not working, just try something else. You’ll get your groove. ( Then they get a little older and you’ll have to find that groove again. Vicious cycle!)