Morning Routines. We all have them.
- Pull the kids out of bed (or maybe they pull YOU out of bed).
- Turn on the TV so you can get breakfast ready.
- Scream for the kids to stop watching the TV and eat breakfast.
- Scream for the kids to finish eating breakfast and find some clothes.
- Scream for the kids to stop watching TV and find their shoes.
- Walk out the door 20 minutes late with stressed out and frustrated kids and parents.
Thankfully, these morning routines are easily adaptable. With a few small changes, you can make your morning routines a well oiled machine that produces a happy family walking out the door ON TIME and with minimal fuss.
Here are some tips to make your morning routines a bit less stressful:
NO…Absolutely NO Screen Time
If your children are anything like mine, anything with a screen = impenetrable captivation. Let’s face it mom, you canNOT compete with Super Mario Brothers, Donkey Kong, Skylanders OR Jessie. Don’t even try.
Sure your kids might fuss. Sure they might follow you around the first few days lamenting “…but, but, but what can I doooooooooooooo?“. Remember though, this is for the greater good. Over time though, you won’t have to wage war for their attention and mornings will automagically (it’s a word. Well my 6 year old says it is) go easier in the mornings.
Wake up EARLY(IER)
I know, I know. You already feel like you wake up at the crack of dawn. If you are scrounging for time though, you aren’t getting up early enough. If you are rubbing your eyes while shuffling kids out the door, you aren’t getting up early enough.
Get up at LEAST 30 minutes before the kids. Grab yourself a cup of coffee, or a cup of tea, or a tall glass of ice water. Whatever gets you going in the morning. Take a shower. Just sit and read your Bible/stare out the window/do your yoga practice. Just WAKE UP.
When those kiddos run down the stairs you’ll be ready for them.
Do as MUCH as you can the NIGHT before (or on Sunday!)
Baths, clothes picked out, shoes and accessories picked out, be sure homework is DONE, bags by the door, lunches packed, paperwork signed, supplies replenished, extracurricular stuff washed/prepped/bagged, etc etc etc. Basically you want your job to be feeding them and getting them dressed and out the door in the morning. That’s it (and trust me…that’s plenty).
Set TIME goals so you know early on if you are running behind
Kids wake up at 7? Need to be out the door by 8? Set up time goals. You know the kids can eat breakfast in 20 minutes. Plan for breakfast to be over by 7:20. If it’s 7:30 and they are still lingering, you are running late. Dressed by 7:40.
The GREAT thing about doing this, is that you can work some padding into your mornings. Time to snuggle, chat, and enjoy each other. Sending everyone off to school with happy and full hearts.
NOTE: Don’t leave TOO much padding. Then they get “bored”.
Screaming helps no one. Sure you’ll lose your cool sometimes. Try to make the morning routine as fun/calm/peaceful as possible. It will start everyone’s day off right.
Do you have any tips for how to ease the morning rush? Comment below!