The alarm clock goes off, the chaos begins. For the longest time, our mornings were rushed and disarray, kids were scrambling trying to find clothes, yelling might have occurred as we ran out the door for school with breakfast in hand. We all knew something needed to change. Have you felt that way? Like there is never enough time in the morning to get anything done.
I decided it was time to take charge of our mornings. I realized that I am the one that sets the tone for our family. I am the one who can change our mornings of chaos to smooth mornings with little to no drama. I can send my kids off with well wishes instead of regret and yelling. My kids are 7 and 10. Our mornings look a lot different from when they were toddlers, and even when I only have 1 in school. Honestly, you have to figure out what works for you, but here are some things that helped us get off right.
1. Get up before your kids.
I know this doesn’t sound fun. I’m a morning person, but I do love that extra 5-10 minutes of sleep. I’ve learned I am more helpful when I am up and ready instead of scrambling to get ready. If getting up earlier seems daunting, consider going to bed a few minutes earlier. Nowadays my alarm goes off about 20 minutes before my kids get up. This has helped tremendously for my sanity.
2. Run your dishwasher at night.
We use so many dishes in our home. There are only 4 of us and I wonder how in the world we go through so many dishes. Waking up to a clean kitchen is so nice. It also ensures that we have enough dishes and silverware for breakfast. Our mornings are better when there is plenty of clean dishes to go around during the breakfast rush.
3. Lay out clothes the night before.
After the kids go to school, I get my morning workout done. I don’t really set our clothes for myself, but this is a must for my kids. We lay everything out all the way down to underwear, socks, and jackets. My daughter is quite the fashionista that can’t decide which outfit is her favorite. Putting her clothes out the night before takes out the guesswork and extra stress. We have had less meltdowns and drama.
4. Make lunches the night before.
This is probably another given, but we make our lunches for the following day before they take their showers at night. This way, they get a say in what they take in their lunch and it’s one less chore I have to do. Plus every Friday they buy lunch at school. I consider this my day off.
5. Scripture and Pray
Every morning before we head out the door, we read a few verses in our scriptures and say a pray together. It isn’t a big devotional or lesson, but it is enough to feel the spirit and set the right tone for the day. Both of my kids have mentioned that this along has helped them through their days.
6. Operate with military precision.
Now our mornings run like clockwork. My alarm goes off at 6:15 A.M. After feeding the pets, getting my protein shake, and putzing around on my phone for a few minutes, at 6:30 A.M., I change and clean up the kitchen if needed. Our morning continues to go as scheduled with breakfast, a few minutes of morning cartoons, getting dressed, and heading out the door.
7. Make a to-do list the night before.
To my dismay, I am a very forgetful person. I have to plan ahead what my day will look like, so I try to jot down at least a loose to-do list the night before, so that when I get up, I have an idea of what I need to remember for the day. Making my to-do list with a clear head the night before helps me prioritize and plan ahead.
No matter what stage of life you are in, there are simple ways you can make your mornings go smoother. All it takes is the right mindset, the desire to make our mornings better, and a little bit of planning. Figure out what works for you. Try it out and tweak it as necessary. Now not all our mornings go as planned. There have been days that I slept thru my alarm, or drama comes knocking. We just try it again the next day.
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