Why am I rushing every morning when I do the same thing every day?I used to ask myself that question every day! I never understood why I could not get my morning routine set. I would easily take my frustration out on my kids, dogs and husband. my anxiety level was at an all time high and sometimes while my husband was at work i would call him panicking and hysterical over being a few minutes late. These 5 things helped me deal with our chaotic mornings and also helped to keep my insanity in tact.
1. Prepare lunch/snacks as soon as they get home from school
As soon as the kids get home from school i immediately empty their lunch boxes and begin to prepare them for the following day. I cut up their fruit, place their dry food snacks inside the lunchboxes and place their lunch boxes in the fridge. if they choose to have a lunch that needs to be warmed I place it next to their lunch box and that is the ONLY thing I have to do for their lunch in the morning. It has made our mornings so much easier and allows us time to sit as a family and have breakfast together.
2. Take clothes out the night before
My son wears uniforms so its very easy for him. I usually place his uniform in the same place so that way he knows after breakfast to grab it and get dressed. For my daughters I pick out their cute little outfits the night before and place it on their bed railing with their shoes and undergarments. They are so used to the routine that as soon as they are done with breakfast they go right to the room and get dressed. All I have to do is assist my 3 year old and do both of my girls hair. My 5 month old is usually still asleep while everyone is up and getting ready so she thankfully just stays in her PJ's till we finish drop offs.
3. NO TV, TABLET, TOYS OR ANY OTHER DISTRACTIONS
I am such a stickler for this. The TV will mesmerize the shit out of kids when you are trying to keep a schedule and seriously throw everything off. My husband usually leaves before we wake up but on the days that he gets to stay home a little longer he will sometimes let our Son watch some TV without realizing that time is against us. we live about 20 minutes away from our sons school and there is no time for distractions. The only thing playing in the morning is the radio because I feel its helps the kids feel good in the morning and wake up.
4. Get yourself up at least an hour before they have to wake up.
5. If you are still running then let that
shit go and enjoy the time you have with the kids.
I cannot tell you how many times i have been a crazy mess because we were going to be late to school. I used to be so frantic and angry until i realized, I STILL have to drop them off regardless of the time. The school is not going anywhere, I cannot control traffic, and sometimes shit happens (literally). My daughter was 2 at the time and constantly had accidents as we were heading out the door(there is nothing i could have done to control that). Now, if we are running late (although inside my anxiety is killing me) I take a deep breathe as soon as we get in the car and we play our favorite songs all the way to school. It helps to put everyone in a good mood and my kids don't feel my tension.
These are just somethings i do and have been doing for the last 5 months to help ease our morning routine. My kids are awesome and all they can do is try their best to be good listeners, focus, and love each other, but sometimes its difficult for them. Sometimes they wake up extremely tired and didn't sleep well that night, or they are possibly getting sick. So yea, there are somethings that interrupt the routine a little bit but that is OK. I just want my children to have an awesome start to their day and I feel it all begins with me and my attitude in the morning. If I'm a grump and frantic then i believe they will feed off that energy and feel the same way.
I truly hope this helps if you are trying to figure out a way to ease your weekday mornings with your family.