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Perfecting your Morning Routine

Many parents, of young children especially, would agree mornings can be hectic. Getting everyone fed, bathed, dressed, packed up and out of the house can set quite a chaotic scene. As always, we’re here to help! We’ve collected some tips from various resources to make your mornings run as smoothly as possible.

  1. Start the night before: Do whatever you can the night before to save time in the morning. Even just one task, like packing lunches or laying out clothing can be a huge time saver for crazy mornings.

  2. Stick to a regular routine: Children need routines. They need to have clear idea of what to expect, the steps they should take, and the order they should take them. Throwing a monkey wrench into a normal routine can stress children out. Make it easier on them, and yourself, by sticking to a similar routine every morning.

  3. Leave room for fun and imagination: While routines are important, children (and adults) still need to have fun! Think of some ways to make the regular steps in your morning routine a little more fun. Draw a picture together on a steamy bathroom mirror, have a race to see who can get their shoes on the fastest, have a dance-off while you brush your teeth together, just to name a few!

  4. Set aside some time for yourself: We know it may seem impossible but this can be just an extra 5 minutes in the morning. Set your alarm just 5 minutes earlier and take some time to yourself. Drink your coffee, watch the news, read, check your social media feed, or whatever it may be that will make you smile and set the tone for the rest of the day.

  5. Reward and reinforce good mornings: Remember to point out all the good things children are doing throughout the morning. “Thank you so much for dressing yourself. That really helped Mommy this morning” or “You did such a great job getting ready for school this morning.” If your children need extra incentive, try a sticker chart or marble jar.