Ahh, the morning routine. Isn’t it such a delight to get back into the swing of school after a summer of easy-paced mornings? It has been tough here in my household! However, weekdays used to be a whole lot worse before I learned a few simple changes to our routine. I would be rushing through breakfast with one eye open pounding coffee in-between barking at my kids to hurry up and stop flapping their gums! We would usually roll out the door just in time to make it to our school drop-off without any leverage of bad traffic or bad weather. After I’d drop them off, I’d have this guilty feeling like I literally pushed my children out the door without even a moment of quiet or peace. What a way to start the day, huh?
Last year, I decided to try and make our mornings more seamless, calm and enjoyable. Here are 5 simple things I’ve changed that have substantially improved our family’s morning ritual:
1. Pack Lunches, Snacks and Water the Night Before
I think a lot of people already do this but packing all the necessary items is essential for cutting precious time that you would otherwise do the morning of. I keep my kids lunches in the fridge and put them in their backpack in the morning. Also make sure their snack and water bottle are filled and in the fridge ready to go as well the night before.
2. Keep Breakfast Simple.
If you want your kiddos to have a hot homemade breakfast, I would recommend using your slow-cooker to make easy breakfasts that are ready to eat first thing in the AM. My kiddos love cereal, muffins, strudels and toast. So we keep our breakfast fast and simple. Plus my 8-year old daughter loves the freedom to make these things all on her own. WINNING!
3. Adopt the Alarm Clock ASAP.
I think a lot of parents are reluctant to set alarm clocks for their kids and instead wake their children up themselves. This can add to the stress and the fighting. I did this for two years and realized it was much easier to adopt than I thought. I bought a clock/radio alarm so my daughter wakes up to music every morning. She also enjoys the independence of this as do I! She listens to K-LOVE radio and keeps the music on as she gets ready for school. What a great way to start the day listing to praise and worship and not a nagging mother!
4. Check the Weather.
Check the weather the night before and also first thing in the AM. I don’t know how many times I would wake up in the morning to take my kids to school only to realize there was 3” of snow covering the ground, a deep fog or rain when I opened the shades! This makes for a stressful morning as you now have to get your kids in full snow regalia, shovel and/or navigate slow traffic plus being late. If you know this ahead of time, plan to wake up 15-20 min early and have their snow gear out and ready to go the night before.
5. Plan outfits on Sunday.
I think this is the best game-changer of our entire morning routine. No more fighting over outfits, digging in the dryer for a missing shirt or doing laundry at 9:00 pm the night before because your kids (and you!) literally have nothing to wear! I do laundry every Sunday and as needed through the week. But my Sunday laundry day is where I wash everything. I then plan outfits according to the weekly forecast and hang them up for the week.
I found these awesome clothing tags I found here: Simple Division Garment Organizers I didn’t use the the pre-printed stickers that came with the tags, but instead printed off my own using address labels we already had in our office and then cut them to size. I only plan Mon-Fri since my daughter wears uniforms to school. I let her choose her outfits on the weekends be more laid back but you could certainly plan out the entire week. The set came with 12 tags so I just the other 7 for my 4 year-old’s closet for all the days of the week. She loves the independence of grabbing her clothes for the day (which ever is in front) and putting them on herself!
Our mornings are now great! I usually wake up and enjoy my morning coffee and pray in the quiet of a still and peaceful house. Then my daughter wakes up on her own and gets dressed on her own! She makes breakfast and puts her lunch/snack in her backpack all without any help. We are also instilling great habits for our children for the real world. It is the easiest system and our mornings are now full of great conversation, good attitudes and no stress!
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