Hey there, mom!
We all know that mornings can be tough, especially when you have little ones to get ready for school. But fear not, because I've got some tips to help make your mornings smoother.
First things first, set your alarm.
And not just any alarm, make it something fun! Maybe a song that you and the kids can dance to, or a silly sound effect that will make everyone giggle, or a calming playlist to soothe frustrations and nerves. Trust me, it's a lot easier to get out of bed when you're not dreading the sound of your boring old alarm clock.
What I do: I have a Spotify playlist with worships songs programed to play every morning on our Alexa in the living room.
Next, prep the night before.
Lay out your clothes, pack the kids' backpacks, and make sure everything is ready to go. This will save you time in the morning, and prevent any last minute panics when you realize your child's favorite shirt is still in the laundry.
What I do: I lay out my kid’s clothes and backpack as well as my own the night before. I also clean up the kitchen and the living room before bed so I don’t feel anxious and overwhelmed as soon as I wake up.
Next; raise self-sufficient kids.
If you don’t want to have to micromanage your kids in the morning, make their morning routine easy and accessible for them. Make sure everything in the bathroom is easy to reach so brushing teeth can be as easy as possible. Lay out the clothes and shoes for school the night before so they can get dressed independently. Have easy breakfasts on hand so your kids can grab their own food. Using a routine chart that helps them remember each step is helpful for those who need extra reminders.
What I do: My son dresses himself and is able to find something for breakfast on his own. We only keep a couple options around and they are always kept at the bottom of the fridge where he can reach them.
And finally, don't forget to breathe.
Take a few deep breaths before the chaos of the morning sets in. Remember, you're a superhero mom and you've got this!
What I do: I try to wake up at least 30 minutes before my kid. This gives me enough time to make coffee, check my calendar and take a deep breath. I love to have quiet time in the morning too when I can read the bible, journal and pray but I have grace for myself when that doesn’t happen as planned.
So there you have it! With a little bit of planning, a fun alarm, and some deep breaths, you can have a smooth morning before getting your kids off to school.
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Now go conquer the day, you amazing mom, you!