Tuesday, May 15, 2018

5 ways to ease your morning routine

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. 
As a mom we could use as much sleep as we can get, but I find that rushing children can be the most frustrating thing in the world because children move like sloths. trying to get dressed and look decent when you do your morning drops offs is extremely hard when you have 4 little people that need your attention simultaneously. I get up at 5 am every morning start my coffee maker, take my dogs out, puff the magic dragon, then come in and get ready for the day. I have enough time to do my hair,makeup, pick out a decent outfit(which still usually consist of leggings and t-shirt), but it makes our mornings so much smoother because all I have to do after everyone is ready is walk out the house.



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. 

59 comments:

  1. I used to prepare the clothes a night before. Preparation is important to finish our daily goals.

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    1. thank you for commenting! it truly is. as a kid i remember my teacher always says "by failing to prepare you are preparing to fail" i believe its a quote by benjamin franklin.

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  2. I agree! I always find myself getting upset at things I can't control. These are awesome tips!

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    1. i still get upset but these tips help me to avoid what triggers my anxiety and what might cause me to get upset. thank you for commenting!

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  3. Lol "If you are still running then let that shit go and enjoy the time you have with the kids." I love this one! :)

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    1. thank you commenting! yea at some point i just realized i need to let go and keep it moving at whatever pace seems to be making us all happy.

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  4. I might just need to try some of these. I think it is funny how stressed and rushed I can feel doing the same thing every morning. I would think I would have figured out a better way to handle things.

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    1. it took me a while to get a routine down. something that helped me what writing everything i had to do in the morning, things i can do at night to prepare for the next day. and i even took it as far as what i can do after i drop all the children off to school.

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  5. We have the same problems. We decided to enjoy the time we have together.

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    1. thank you for commenting. i think its important that in the mist of everything we have to do as parents we should always try to enjoy our children.

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  6. I have a horrible habit of watching tv while i get ready in the morning. I catch myself slowing down to see whats on tv!

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    1. I used to do the same and then i realized i get more things done when i just focus on everything that needs to get done first. i also have my kids do the same after they are all ready then they can relax and watch some tv.

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  7. These are great advises. My cousin definitely need to read this post. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. thank you for commenting. i hope she enjoys and finds these tips useful.

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  8. These are all great steps to take to make mornings easier. I need to start preparing in advance.

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    1. thank you for commenting. when you have the energy that is the best time to prepare for the next day.

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  9. I'll be sharing this post to my mommy friends as you share so many nice tips that might help them. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. thank you for commenting and sharing! i hope they find these tips useful.

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  10. Whilst I don't have any children to worry about and never will, most of these tips can come in handy for anyone! I find that setting out my clothes and belongings the night before helps so much in the morning, and getting up that little bit earlier can make a huge difference in how rushed you feel! It's the little things that count.

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    1. thank you for commenting. yes it really is the little things that count. waking up just 10 minutes earlier can make a huge difference.

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  11. I agree, I never in my life watched TV, but checking social media is a must tho

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    1. thank you commenting. social media is also one of my weaknesses. i try to stay off during the morning hours when i have to bring my kids to school.

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  12. Totally agree with you! It is too crazy in the mornings, and a lot of the aggravation could be eliminated by doing things ahead of time and getting the kids on board with helping out.

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    1. thank you commenting! i agree i have been getting my kids to help out a lot more. they are at that age now where they can do little things to help like putting their lunch boxes in their backpacks or putting their breakfast bowls in the sink.

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  13. Annemarie LeBlancMay 20, 2018 at 10:33 PM

    I am thankful I survived that phrase of motherhood. I really don't know how I did it, despite the chaos and the running around. My kids are grown now, and if they need to pack lunch, they do it themselves. I pretty much have more time to relax in the mornings now. I now have the luxury of sitting down and enjoying my morning coffee.

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    1. lol sounds amazing! i am sure ill reach that point eventually. i try to make the best of every morning right now because they are so little.

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  14. SO true. There are things you can control and just have to let it go. I also used to have my clothes prepared at night before going to bed. It's easier on the morning.

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    1. thank you commenting! i have learned what i can control and what i have to let go little by little. it is a real learning process but worth it.

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  15. What great tips for easing the stress of the morning routine. I am sure these ideas are going to help a lot of busy people organise their mornings better.

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    1. thank you for commenting! i hope others find this helpful.

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  16. These are super great tips especially making sure their uniforms and lunch boxes are prepared in advance. I find waking up earlier sometimes difficult and try my best to get up before them and lastly no TV or tablet too in the morning as nothing gets done otherwise.

    Yeah Lifestyle

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    1. thank you for commenting. yea i usually take their clothes out the night before. they know exactly where their clothes are so after breakfast they put them on. it was soooooo difficult for me to get up earlier than them but now im up an hour before they get up so i can take my dogs out, get dressed, feed the baby, all these little things i have to do before i leave the house because sometimes i dont get back home till late afternoon.

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  17. Although we don’t have kids we can see how these are great tips to making mornings less stressful. Especially waking up before them because you can get yourself ready first. And have some quiet time. We do the whole laying out clothes and making lunches the night before as well and it makes mornings much easier.

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    1. thank you for commenting! it eases the morning so much! i have the time to drink coffee, relax, and tak emy dogs for a walk. mornings are such a good time to be calm and in your own space.

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  18. I totally agree with your list! I've been practicing number 1 by doing some meal planning. It really helps :)

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    1. thank you for commenting. i want to start meal planning especially for dinners when its just me and him and the kids are with their other parent.

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  19. hahhah the last tip is the best! But i will keep the article in mind for when i become a mommy :)

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    1. thank you for commenting! i think the last tip can go with alot of things in life =]

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  20. It helps when you can do a lot of the pre-morning work the night before, but sometimes the night before gets busy as well. Good tips, thanks for sharing them.

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  21. When I have to get my grandchildren ready the TV goes off until they are ready to walk out the door. Then, we turn it on until it's time to leave. If they drag arse then no tv.

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  22. It's more than a month now, since I'm not using my phone in the morning. Before that I have a bad habbit of using my phone juster after waking up. Love to see your post on 5 ways to ease your morning routine.

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  23. Yes to prepping. The night before makes all the difference!

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  24. I am the opposite, I am always early. I worry about traffic and leave way too early.

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  25. These are the exact things I had to do to make our mornings run smoothly. Trying to get myself and the kids ready at the same time was impossible. I need to get better about making lunches the night before but I'm just so tired after the kids go to bed.

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    1. let me tell you there are nights when the kids clothes their eyes i do too. lol i usually end up waking up in the middle of the night to just get it over with because im that psycho about it and refuse to scramble in the am. im currently waiting for my 3 yr old to go to bed so i can prep and im exhausted !

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  26. I am so thankful to not be a part of that routine that I did for so many years. It's not fun, getting up rushing, etc. You've given some great ideas to help smooth the morning.

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  27. Setting out clothes and making lunches the night before have been such a big help for me! I like to make breakfasts for the week and be able to grab and go as well!

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  28. It's not easy staying ahead of kids! Even though your days might be routine find a routine to deal with it is the key to being prepared.

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  29. These are some great ideas, I have to admit I always try and do a few bits the night before to make things a little easier.

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  30. I am not a morning person, but I think it would help for my productivity! These are great tips to save time in the morning.

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  31. I do these just so I can have a few extra minutes in the morning with my kiddos. These are great ways to get a routine in place and destress!

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  32. I feel like this is just part of life. I do the same thing. I try to prepare and something always happens to derail my plans.

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  33. It's so important to make time for the things and the people we love.

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  34. Morning are definitely always stressful. I like to leave out everything I need for the next day like clothes, laptop, paperwork, etc and it really helps just picking it up and going.

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  35. Sounds like your not a morning person me either! Thats good that you are finding better ways to be prepared with your morning schedule.

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  36. Ah I feel the same way! I wake up early and yet I'm late!

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  37. you have to be incredibly organize person to do this, luckily we have the perfect person to do this. Thats me! LOL

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  38. These are some great tips! I always try to do things to make the mornings easier but I still feel like I'm running around like a headless chicken

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  39. This is me every morning!! I try to wak eup earlier than my son and pack his lunch before he wakes up and it seemed to work better. I'll have to try some of your tips as well, thanks for sharing!

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