6 Tips for a Quick Family Morning Routine
In just a few weeks, the mornings are probably going to become a lot busier! With back-to-school just around the corner, now is the time to think about how you as a family will be able to accommodate get-out-the-door mornings with the implementation of a quick morning routine.
I really don’t like hurried mornings because I feel it sets the day up to be more stressful, and who wants to start their day off like that? If you’re looking to simplify your morning routine, but you don’t want to leave things to the last minute or overlook the important to-dos, here are 6 tips that will help you and your kids get out the door for school in the morning and still be on time.
1. Assign a task to everyone
Dividing and conquering will help your to-do list get checked off much faster. Enlist the help of your children, even the younger ones, and give them each at least one task. One can clear the dishes while another grabs everyone’s coats. Putting the responsibility on everyone will help all family members feel less stressed and get you all out on time.
2. Make lunches the night before
I think one of the biggest tips for getting out on time in the morning is to tackle the school lunches the night before. With many schools suggesting a litterless lunch, putting together your child’s lunch may not be as easy as it was before, but the night before will allow for a lot more time to make a fun, nutritious lunch. Don’t forget to make one for yourself too!
3. Keep breakfast simple
While certain breakfasts are more exciting than others are, you don’t want to be late for your day because you just had to have chocolate chip pancakes from scratch—again. Keeping breakfast healthy, but simple can aid in streamlining your mornings. There are many ways you can cook up eggs to keep breakfast exciting each morning, they’re very healthy, but won’t take up too much of your time to cook before eating.
4. Set your alarm 10 minutes earlier
You may be surprised with how 10 extra minutes each morning will do to help get you out the door on time. Set your alarm clock 10 minutes earlier than you normally would or if you’re prone to hitting the snooze button, set the time on the clock to be 10 minutes later than the real time. Tricking ourselves into getting up is early sometimes the push we need.
5. Set an early bedtime routine
Don’t just set the time, but stick to it! Kids need a lot of sleep and if they’re not going to bed soon enough, getting them up and moving in the morning can be a real struggle. The same is true for you as well! Set a reasonable bedtime—if you’re not sure what “reasonable” is, ask your parent friends what time their kids go to bed—we have an 8pm set time for our kids. If you’re having trouble with sleep times, try the Gro Clock to help with bed time and wake time.
6. Keep things stress free
Stress isn’t good for anyone – adults or kids. While there is a real push to make sure we’re all on time in the mornings, having a calm, stress-free perspective will not only help make everything run smoother, it will set your day up to be happier and honestly? Less stressful.
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What tricks and tips get you and your family going with your quick morning routine?
Devan McGuinness is the editor-in-chief and founder of byDevan.com. Previously blogging at AccustomedChaos.com, Devan branched out to start byDevan.com — a resource for busy people who still want time for exceptional. She has been married to her high-school sweetheart for 10 years and they are parents to 4 children, who they home school. Diagnosed with celiac disease and casein intolerance, the allergy-friendly recipes on byDevan are real meals she and her family actually eat at home.