I get up before the roosters start crowing each morning. As the school year was concluding this past June, my alarm was set for 4:45 and I was still rushing to get out of the door on time. Trying to get myself and three children ready for the day was just taking me too long. By the time the school bell rang at 8:00 AM, I was exhausted.
Now that school is about to begin anew, I’m making some changes to my morning routines to get us all ready a little faster.
5 Ways I’m Speeding Up Our Morning Routine
Get to Bed On Time: Late nights make it incredibly hard for everyone in the house to get up. My 5-year-old melts down into an irrational pile of emotion if she’s tired and waking her is no treat if she has not had enough rest. Spending the extra minutes pleading with her ain’t happening. Plus if the kids stay up late, I don’t have time for the next time-cutter.
Stage the Night Before: Before going to bed, we get out our clothes for the next day and pack lunches. But there is more I can do. I’m going to try things like getting my coffee cup out and placing my blow dryer on the bathroom counter. Tasks like these take mere seconds, but the seconds add up and I’d rather spend them snoozing.
Make Things Grab & Go: On Saturday mornings, my husband makes cinnamon pancakes for the girls (their favorite). Some days he makes them Mickey Mouse-shaped, other days he surprises them with whipped cream. We love weekend mornings, sitting around the table together and chatting. But Monday through Friday, our breakfast has a different pace. Weekday breakfasts are all about getting fuel for the day. I’m envisioning my children as little race cars, speeding through their pit stops. I picked up Horizon milk boxes and packaged cereal into individual servings ahead of time. If we are running behind, the kids have milk and cereal to grab and eat in the car.
Teach The Kids to Do It Themselves: Stick a bow on the baby, and she’s ready to go. But for her big sisters, brushing hair and arranging coifs takes up to 15 minutes. We bought our oldest daughter a Barbie mannequin head and taught her to do ponytails. Her braids are more twists, but it’s a step in the right direction. In addition to the time savings, she’s learning some independence which is a win-win.
Move the Baby to Her Room: This one is hard, but I know it’s time. For the past five months, Poppy has slept in a bassinet in our room. I love having her close. But when two alarm clocks are going off and two adults are getting dressed for the day, inevitably something stirs her. I am talented, but doing things one-handed isn’t nearly as efficient. If she were in her crib, she’d get a little more sleep herself and I’d be able to put make-up on.
The start of a new school year is energizing, or at least it should be. What I’ve done in the past was much too draining, so I’m happy I’ve got a plan to delegate, cut out morning tasks, and make things run more smoothly. Having a less stressed mama is good for everybody!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Horizon Organic. The opinions and text are all mine.