No one “likes” early mornings. They’re rushed and crazy, and you’d rather be in bed.
However, you can make it easier on yourself and your kids if you plan ahead.
Here are some tips to make your morning routine go smoothly:
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- Prep the night before and other tips on how to establish a morning routine for kids that actually works
Prepping the night before and actually doing it are two totally different things, but it can save you a lot of time. Think about it — how much time do you spend making lunches or searching for that missing shoe? If you really want to go the extra mile, use Sunday to make lunches for the week and pick out daily outfits. Every little bit counts and will go a long way in creating a calm, smooth routine.
Your kids might not have a single organizational bone in their body, but you do. Spend a little bit of time getting your home organized to save yourself time in the mornings. Set out a bin or hook where your car keys will go when you get home at the end of the day, and create school bin for bookbags, lunchboxes, jackets, shoes, etc.
A morning routine is meant to relieve stress, not cause more of it, so make sure your routine is set to do just that. If you find that you are having to rush, consider getting up 15 or 20 minutes earlier. Perhaps you need to look into quicker or on-the-go breakfast options to beat morning traffic. Take a look at where your routine is falling short and make the necessary adjustments.
Parents everywhere have one common goal: getting the kids to school on time. Furthermore, everyone has little hacks they use to speed the process up. Maybe you could pre-make lunches for the entire week and keep them in the freezer or make a habit of putting school items in the car the night before.
- Get plenty of sleep and other tips on how to establish a morning routine for kids that actually works
Once you’ve found the perfect routine, don’t undermine it on the weekends. While the weekends are special, stick to your routine to avoid the struggle of readjusting Monday morning. However, you can make weekends special by having an epic breakfast or doing a fun activity such as going to the park or reading an extra book at night.
Music is a great way to get your kids motivated to get up and moving in the morning, so load up some of their favorite tunes and have a singing and dancing session. However, there is one cardinal rule: one chore must be completed during the duration of each song. Not only does this keep them on task, but it makes it a fun game for them to beat the clock.
Now that you have some ideas for helping de-stress your morning routine, you can enjoy your cup of coffee just a little bit longer knowing that you and your kids are ready to get out the door. It’s going to be a great day!
Daniel is a single dad raising two children. At DadSolo.com, he aims to provide other single dads with information and resources to help them better equip themselves on the journey that is parenthood.