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10 Time-saving morning tips for families
Thursday, 01 September 2016 00:00

Stress free mornings with your family

Time-saving morning tips:

1. Create an evening preparation routine. An evening routine in preparation for the morning, ie iron clothes, prepare your lunches, locate your keys, plan a nutritious breakfast, etc.  These simple tasks will take you less than 30 minutes to complete each evening and will save you a huge headache every morning.

2. Pack a fun lunch with your kids the night before. Moms pack approximately 180 lunches over the course of a school year, so preparing them the night before is a must. That’s a lot of meals. It can be a challenge to think of a variety of tasty and good-for-you options so early in the morning (ones that will fuel your child for learning). Make a list of lunch ideas and put this on the fridge door, at the end of the day you are sometimes lost for ideas on what to pack for lunches and this will definitely help you.

3. Have school bags ready to go the night before. All sports bags packed, homework books signed and packed in the school bags.

4. Lay out clothes the night before. This is going to save you so much time!  Lay them out for your kids AND yourself.  Get up and get dressed right away.

5. Get up 10 minutes before they do to get yourself ready or even to have that first cup of tea or coffee to ease you into your day. Hitting the ground running is not for everyone....especially not me.

6. Wake your kids up with a cute soothing song. They will wake up with a smile and you will have a happy family first thing in the morning.

7. Have a ‘day of the week’ breakfast. This makes it easy because then there isn’t anything to think about when you wake up and you aren’t making 6 different meals:

Here is a sample breakfast plan:
Monday - Morning Oatmeal
Tuesday - Toast
Wednesday - Waffles
Thursday - Tasty Eggs
Friday - Favourite Cereal day
Saturday - Pancake day!    (I make pancakes easier by re-using a squeeze container to hold the batter)
Sunday - Bacon, eggs & toast

8. Create a “need to do” checklist.  Teach your kids what they need to do:  Brush teeth, school bags, grab lunches from refrigerator.   You may need to give them a drawing checklist if they are still very young.

9. No Electronics. Kids move 10 times slower if the TV is on… its just a fact   We have "no electronics until we are ready to go".   If they have time to spare after they are done getting ready, had breakfast and have everything ready by the door, then and ONLY then can they watch TV.

10. Keep the kids chores to a minimum in the morning ie make their beds, put away their pajamas and clean up after themselves at breakfast.

Bonus Tip. Have a book basket by the door.. A book basket by the door is an easy way to have everyone ready to go and waiting, reading, near the door that you will leave through.

Article by yourmodernfamily.com


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