Do you feel like you’ve run a marathon and ran an obstacle course before lunch even arrives every day? You’re not alone. Mornings can be the hardest part of a parents day. Whether you have school-age kids, work from home, outside the home, or all of the above, we all can agree this part of the day is a struggle. Read on to find out how to get out the door on time, and maybe even enjoy a morning cup of coffee before the chaos of the day begins.
- Start School Prep At The End Of Summer. Routines get lax and bedtimes get later in summer. If you wait until the school year starts to try to get on a new schedule, you’ll all be in for a rude awakening, so start bringing bedtimes earlier and making the kids get up earlier as the summer ends. It will make the transition easier for everyone.
- Do it the night before. Short of sleeping in tomorrow’s clothing, kids should pack their backpack, prepare clothing, think about what will need to be done in the morning, and set the alarm clock. Set aside the same slot of time, either right before bed or maybe before reading time, to do the morning prep work.
- Plenty of rest is best. Mornings flow with greater ease when we all get enough sleep – and there’s not enough coffee in the world to combat lack of sleep. There’s also nothing worse than waking up late and having to hurry. Tempers flare, usually ending in a shower of tears and tantrums that only cause me to be even later.
- Breakfast. There is a healthier way to prepare breakfast ahead of time. Simple meals can be pre-made over the weekend or pre-purchased. Breakfast burritos, pancakes, waffles, biscuits, and sausage all freeze rather easily and can be popped into the microwave for quick heating. Or oatmeal and fresh fruit are both quick, easy, and healthy.
- Clothes. Lay them out the night before whether you let your children chose or not. And make sure you approve.
- Have your kids empty their back packs when they get home and give you any papers that need to be signed then. Pouring over paperwork, permission forms, and order forms that might require writing checks or gathering additional information in the afternoon means you won’t have to take precious time out of your morning.