Does that sound familiar? Is it complete carnage trying to get everyone out the door (on time…ish) with full outfits and full bellies?
Easy habits = smoother mornings
Don’t snooze the alarm
The days we forget to organise lunchboxes the night before are stressful days. Those are the days we end up leaving five minutes late, which *somehow* leads to ending up fifteen minutes late at school. I don’t know how the lateness snowball effect works, but it happens EVERY. TIME. The lateness grows exponentially while we’re en route.
Have the lunches packed. Avoid lateness snowballs.
Have a visual to-do list
Once we created a checklist for Ashton of things he needs to do each morning, my life instantly became so much easier. It fosters autonomy and responsibility, helps to keep him on track, and means I don’t have to think when he comes up and says “what do I need to do?”. Let’s be honest, the less thinking I have to do in the mornings, the better. For everyone. If your child isn’t reading yet, use pictures and prompts instead.
Turn your wifi off on your phone
Surely I can’t be the only one who wastes a bunch of time checking all those Facebook and email notifications? I don’t like turning my phone off completely in case someone needs to get hold of me (which hasn’t happened yet, but I swear the one day my phone is off there will be some kind of emergency), so turning my wifi and data off means all that extra (irresistible) *stuff* doesn’t distract me. You know, when I actually turn it off. Again, an “easy habit” that perhaps isn’t that easy. Did you say ‘addicted’? Sorry, must have been hearing things… anyway…
Lower your expectations and triage
For the littler ones, we just have to accept that sometimes not everything will be done before we leave the house. It just doesn’t happen some days. So we need to prioritise things that need to be done at home (us wearing clothes of some description, teeth being brushed) and adapt new ways for things that can be done in the car (washing food and toothpaste off their faces with a wet wipe, tying up shoelaces). Sometimes if I know the morning is going to be a rush, I’ll chuck my breakfast or coffee into a takeaway container or cup and have it in the car – at least then I’m having it!
Even though our mornings run a lot better than they used to, I’m obviously always open to suggestions on how to make them better – so if you have any brilliant insight, let me know!
Until next time,