It’s just another manic morning. You hit the snooze a few too many times, and now you are rushing to get the kids up, homework together, diaper bag packed, and yourself ready. Mornings like this cause you to snap at the kids and leave the house in a disaster. It’s a bad way to begin a day for anyone. Below are some simple steps to transform your mornings.
TIDY UP: Spending just 10 minutes at night picking up the house can set the tone for the next morning. It’s easy to hit the snooze when you know last night’s dishes are still in the sink, and the kids’ toys are spread from one side of the house to the other. Get the kids involved and set the timer to see how much you can get done before it goes off.
PICK OUT OUTFITS: Before bed, take a peek at the weather forecast and pick out everyone’s outfit for the next day. It’s one less thing to have to worry about in the morning. This step alone can set your day up for success.
PACK YOUR BAGS: Put all homework in the backpacks, stock the diaper bag, and have your purse ready at the door. You don’t want to waste time searching for the library books or your daughter’s math worksheet. Go a step further and make lunches the night before and plan breakfast (even if it’s just cereal). You will be amazed at how much time this frees up in your mornings.
GET UP EARLIER: This was life changing for me. I started setting my alarm 10 minutes before I had to wake the kids, and slowly increased it to an hour. I am able to get myself ready, have a cup of coffee, catch up on some reading, and feel refreshed even before the day begins. I am happy when I wake my kids, and mornings have become my favorite time of the day. Just make sure you are also going to bed at a decent time so you get enough sleep.
NO TECHNOLOGY: Turn off the TV, iPad, Kindle – whatever you have. Kids move so much slower when they are glued to a screen. Keep everyone moving along by keeping the electronics off. Bonus: your kids will share their worries, excitement, and plans with you. It’s a great time to connect with them.