Mornings can be stressful. They can be hectic and turn you from fun mom into “I have no more patience so please just put on your shoes already” mom. Don’t worry… we’ve got this covered. You can have a less stressful morning (with kids!)
Here are the key parts to making this happen:
1). Get everything ready the night before.
In the declutter course that we just finished, she gives you a sample schedule and it walks you through why you need to get ready before bed. Those few things, like having lunches packed & toothbrushes out, make all the difference. Ten minutes in the morning is the difference between getting to school on time or checking that ‘Tardy’ box on the check-in sheet.
2). Wake up 20 minutes before your kids.
This year, I went from night owl to early bird and it has been amazing. I was able to have enough energy when the kids woke up that I could make their beds, help them get ready and get them out of the door without a moment’s pause. This is so much better than dragging my feet for 30 minutes, trying to wake up, while they drag their feet doing the same.
I was not a coffee girl. Never. I have learned to love it. I even put in this great creamer that I like and I use a disposable cup so I can take it from room to room. It helps me to kick up my pace just a bit in the morning. (hint: get it ready the night before, so you just have to hit “on” in the morning.)
4). Eat something.
Clean eating is huge for energy. If you are feeling drained, having something healthy can be the difference between a pick-me-up and a slow-down. Try having a piece of fruit or some protein when you wake up.
5). Be happy!
The kids move quicker when I am happier. I don’t know why, but I don’t mess with it. I go with what works. If I am smiling and happy to see them, they are smiling and happy to get ready. If I am nagging them and fussing at them, they are whining and sluggish.
One little trick that works well with our kids is that when they are completely ready to go, they can watch TV for 5 minutes. (Save it for the end of the morning, when shoes & backpacks are on). Everyone will rush to get ready then. Haha!
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