If your mornings are as hectic as the average family, you probably ask yourself – am I getting my children ready for school or am I training for a triathlon? If the line seems blurred, don’t worry. There are things you can do to get everyone out the door on time (and prepared) without stressing and with a smile on their face.
Make Your Evenings Count
Evenings are a time to unwind, but sacrificing a few moments can prove to be valuable. Aim to do as much as you can the night before. Outfit planning, lunch prep and backpack packing are just some of the things that can be accomplished in the evening. To get everyone involved and get things done faster, assign each child a task.
Save Time for Fun
Keep everyone happier by carving out some time in your schedule for a fun, family ritual. Maybe it’s a mandatory morning pillow fight or a song and dance routine. Whatever it is, these small moments add a level of excitement and joy that can keep everyone happier throughout the day and offer a great way to stay connected.
Where there is no organization, chaos will thrive. Make your mornings easier by creating stations. When your children know exactly where to go to locate their gym shoes, backpacks, lunchboxes, rain gear and other necessary items, you’re more likely to get out the door on time. Just make sure everything goes back to these areas at the end of the day.
Get up Earlier
When trying to determine when to wake your children up, stick with an earlier the better mantra. It’s always better to have your children up and ready to go with time to spare rather than the other way around. Consider waking everyone up about 10 minutes earlier than necessary and compensate for this by sending them to bed just a little earlier.
Don’t Experiment in the Kitchen
You saw an awesome new recipe for chocolate chip pancakes online – save it for the weekend. Weekday mornings aren’t exactly the ideal time for experimenting in the kitchen. Keep things simple by relying on breakfast ideas that you can whip up with ease. This way, your family still gets the nutrients they need, while staying on schedule.
Set a Great Example
As a parent, you set the tone. If you’re running around pulling your hair out in the mornings, don’t be surprised when your children take on the same behaviors. Be the best example for your children by staying on task, remaining calm and most important of all, doing it all with a smile on your face.
Let Life Happen
Even when you plan, things aren’t going to go as planned. Don’t put stress on yourself by thinking you must be perfect at all times. It’s okay, and much healthier, to simply let life happen. So, when you’re walking your child to school because they’re late or dealing with a child who’s having a meltdown, let it happen and remember that tomorrow is a new day.
Practice these tips to keep your family on track every day.