It’s no mystery as to why parents dread those busy school mornings day after day – organization. Sure, we never intend to forget the lunches on the counter, putting on socks, or grabbing that project you’ve been working on for weeks. Most of the time, we’re so busy trying to get everything together, mastering organization seems like a never ending task. But we need to remember, just because you don’t have a pin perfect filing system, doesn’t mean you can’t be organizedThere’s no book that explicitly describes correct and incorrect versions of organizing, but luckily we have a few tips to help. As long as you can locate what you need when you need it, you’re as organized as you need to be! Mornings don’t have to be a nightmare for the whole family, and your kids don’t have to gain a sense of urgency overnight. We have a few tips to help get out of the house on time, and ready to face your day!
Getting ready for Monday on Sunday night can make miracles happen. By setting aside even an hour the night before, you will see a HUGE difference in your morning routine! Set out clothes for the following day for the whole family. Make sure to grab shoes, socks, accessories or anything additional you may need. If you want to get ahead, try choosing an outfit for the whole week on Sunday night. Don’t forget to leave yourself a note if your kiddos have a theme day at school, or need to take the baked goods for the school fundraiser. By having more time to plan and think about the day as a whole, the following morning will be smooth and stress-free!
Put everything you and your kiddos need by the door the night before, or early in the morning. This includes backpacks, projects, and especially shoes. Try putting your purse or your keys near, so you can’t miss them. Looking for your left shoe, or forgetting a necessity makes leaving on time nearly impossible! Your mornings don’t have to be frantic, and neither do you.
Set Earlier Alarms
Sometimes you just need those extra few minutes, and that goes for everyone. However, even 5 minutes can make a difference in your morning and if you can afford it, it’ll pay off. Try to set earlier alarms a few days a week when you have a busy day. If there’s a few practices or a game after school, it may take more time to get organized that morning. Those extra minutes can make your morning feel so much more relaxed, even if you have to sacrifice hitting snooze!
Kids aren’t always reliable, but who can blame them! Cooperation is key, but frantic worrying and yelling don’t help always your kiddos. Allow your family to have enough time to get ready for the day by themselves. Check on them and make sure they know when they need to be read and what they need to have done before leaving. Instead of waking them up every morning, try to use an alarm clock so you can have that extra time to yourself. If everyone can be up at the same time, you won’t have to micromanage as much and be able to get more done in the morning.
Learning urgency and the consequences of being late may not always be relatable for kids. However, they definitely understand routines, when they are broken down into sequences. Try to incorporate a routine that lets them know what they need to do first, and after they’re done they get to move on to the next task. For example, after you’re dressed and your teeth are brushed, you can come down for breakfast. Or even reserving a little time to themselves after they eat or finish their homework in the morning. They will understand and you might even notice a pep in their step in the mornings!
Try to spend those extra few minutes in the morning on things for you! There’s no shame in reminding your kids of things they need to do or how much time you have left, but try to remain positive. No matter how young or old, kids can sense anxiety and negativity in speech. As difficult as it may be to watch, let them learn what happens when they’re late. This will help teach the concept of WHY being on time is important, and make mornings less stressful on you.
Have Realistic Expectations
Children definitely have a slower pace, but there’s not always harm in that. No matter how fool-proof your prep the night before is, sometimes things just happen. As parents, we always have to expect the unexpected, right? A good tip for super important mornings where being late is simply not an option, try making a really good breakfast or having your kids sleep in their clothes. Anything that can save a few minutes is worth a try!
What gets us through the day is finishing that dreaded checklist, although sometimes it seems impossible. As busy moms, sometimes we won’t leave on time, can’t prepare the night before, and just can’t get our kids to move faster. However, by incorporating some organization and most of all patience, simpler morning routines are in reach. And let’s be honest, moms always seem to get it done, somehow, in some way, right? What are some of your tips for a more relaxed morning? Leave us your comments below!