Anyone else dread mornings when you have to leave the house with kids at a decent hour completely dressed (yes, all of you)? Ugh, I know I do. Our family has gone through our ups and downs with morning departures. The challenges started when my kids were toddlers, refusing to get dressed, a daily surprise at the request to brush teeth, and more. Unfortunately, this continues (sorry for the bad news). Kids protesting and parents yelling is a sure way to start the day off on the WRONG foot! Here is the good news – you can make it easier! Here are 3 ways to improve your morning routine with kids and get out the door with your sanity!
3 Ways to Improve your Morning Routine
1. Prepare the night before.
Tell your kids what is coming as they are going to bed. Have them repeat it back to you too!
Me: Tomorrow is a school day.
My son: OK.
Me: What did I say about tomorrow?
My son: I don’t know, what?
Sigh. This happens. Definitely make sure they are listening!
Next, prep anything that needs to be ready to go – Clothes, Backpack, Lunch, Water bottle, Shoes, etc. Have it in the same spot each day. For example, my son knows his clothes are on his toy box. I have him pick out his clothes the night before. Get them invested in the planning – DO NOT DO IT ALL FOR THEM (age appropriate decisions, obviously).
BONUS TIP: Keep all clothes together in outfits in their drawers. I started this for my kids when they were babies. Each shirt has pants / skirt / etc. wrapped inside. They grab a “packaged” outfit, underwear, and socks – ALL SET!
2. Get yourself ready before you try to get your kid(s) ready.
Please do this. Get ready before you try to get your kids ready. I have made the mistake (repeatedly and I am sure I will do it again), but I really try not to do this. Here is how it goes when I lay in bed and try to get ready while I get the kids ready.
Me: Are you getting ready? Putting clothes on?
My kids: Yes!
Me: Great, thanks.
I walk down the hall and someone is naked with one sock sitting in their bed playing Legos. Then the yelling starts! UGH, morning FAIL. Bottom line, get ready before your kids (don’t forget your coffee).
3. Create a schedule or list of expectations, put your kids in charge, and offer rewards.
Write down what you want your kids to do every morning. I have a template to offer you for FREE (enter your email below)! Then, put your kids in charge of their own morning! Laminate it so that they can keep it in their room and reuse it each morning! Offer rewards such as stickers (can be put on the laminated card) or a sucker at the end of the day or whatever motivates them!
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Our morning still have their challenges – obviously NOT perfect! BUT these 3 steps have significantly helped our mornings from being terribly frustrating for everyone to a bad one every once in awhile. I WILL TAKE IT!