The Morning Routine: 4 Easy Tips To Make Yours Flow More Smoothly
If your house is anything like ours, trying to get out the door in the morning is just crazy. It seems that it doesn't matter how far in advance I start preparing for the day, the last 15 minutes before we head out the door is frantic. I’m a firm believer in routines and schedules, so I don’t know why our mornings are so hectic! Now I am ready to share some tips that have helped us get our morning routine running more smoothly.
Get The Kids Involved
In the morning, the only thing that my kids want to do is watch cartoons. It had gotten to the point that the girls would even ask me to do their hair while they watched TV. I knew something had to be done, so I created a simple chart of things that they need to do before the TV goes on.
The chart has pictures of a toothbrush, hairbrush, clothing, and breakfast. Now the kids know that they can’t watch any cartoons until all of the pictures on the chart have been completed.I didn't think it would work – it has. But the visual reminders have helped them understand their responsibilities and as an added bonus, it has given me enough free time to get dressed without the chaos of dressing all of them simultaneously.
Have Breakfast Prepped In Advance
Every evening before bed, I pre-measure out milk for each of the kids and put it in cups in the fridge. I let the kids select what cereal they would like to have and put cereal in three bowls. This allows the kids to “make” their own breakfast. They have all gotten to the point where they want to do everything by themselves, so this is an opportunity to let them do it.
Have A Stash of Necessities
It seems like no matter how many times I remind the kids to brush their teeth, wipe their faces, or brush their hair, each of them forgets to do one thing. Instead of getting all of the kids back up the stairs (after taking 10 minutes just to get them down the stairs and get their shoes on!), I started keeping extra toothbrushes and toothpaste, a hairbrush, and some wash clothes in the bathroom downstairs for those times that they (or I) forget to do something.
Make Lunches The Night Before
Sounds simple, but it's a hard habit to start and keep. If you are really organized, you can prep several lunches at the beginning of the week that just need to be packed each evening. Things like tuna salad or cheese and crackers can be made on Sunday evening and used a couple of different times throughout the week. Pack the lunches in the evening and in the morning when you are rushing out the door, just grab the lunchboxes and go!
What tips can you share that you use to keep mornings on track?
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