How to Avoid the Rushed Morning Routine
Are your mornings rushed and you feel overwhelmed before you even leave your house for the day to start? When you have children this happens all too frequently but there are steps you can take to ensure that your morning can go a little smoother. When you have children you will need to plan in advance to have extra pockets of time since things usually do not go as planned.
Planning the Night Before
Getting things together the night before can help with the rushed feeling and the stress of the morning. There are several things that you can do before you turn in for the night to help make the morning routine not as rushed.
- Pick out your outfit as well as the children’s outfits. Have shoes, coats, hats and any other small accessories set out and ready to go.
- Prepare lunches. If your child takes a snack or lunch to school have everything prepared and all you need to do is put it in their lunch box. The same goes for you, if you take a lunch to work make sure all you have to do is grab it in the morning.
- Shower and wash your hair. By doing this you will save so much time in the morning. Some people do not like to shower at night and if you do not maybe you could try it on occasion to see how much time and stress it will save you in the morning.
- Pack everything in book bags and diaper bags for the kids. Pack all of your items and set everything near the door so it can easily be picked up on the way out.
- Set your alarm clock early enough to give yourself additional time. Things happen. Your child may spill on their shirt and you need to redress them, they may have to go to the bathroom again before you leave, someone may have a melt down over a toy. You never know so it is better to expect the unexpected.
Preparing in the Morning
- Make sure you get up when your alarm goes off, try not to hit the snooze button. This will make you rushed, especially if you fall back asleep.
- Follow a routine. Children will do the same things if it is offered on a consistent basis. Stick to the same routine day after day. Things will eventually fall into place and everyone will know their role.
- Do not wake all of the children up at the same time. If you wake one at a time up then you can focus just on that child and not have as much conflict. Also, get yourself ready before you wake anyone else up.
- Make sure everyone has already chosen their breakfast ahead of time and then stick with the option they have chosen.
- Give out a small treat or reward at the end of the week if the routine has been kept throughout the week. It will give your kids something to look forward to.
Getting into a daily routine will take some time. Be patient and just go with the flow. Stick with it and eventually your morning routine will become second nature. It will not be as stressful and you and your children will start the day off calm and refreshed, ready for whatever the day may bring.