We asked, and you told us what works for you in terms of mastering the morning rush. Because, as we all know, if you start the day off well with less stress, chances are the rest of your day will run smoothly too. Whether you have a small family or a larger family – these tips can benefit anyone – and set you up for success for your day ahead.
Kick chaos out the front door with these simple, practical solutions:
Make sure your family is getting enough sleep. If your children complain of being tired during the day, make dinnertime earlier and get everyone to bed earlier.
Pack nappy bags, snacks, lunch boxes and backpacks for extramural activities the night before.
Organise your home
Create a dedicated space for notes from the teacher, and a special place for backpacks after school or daycare – this way you won’t have to rush around the next morning searching for PT clothes and costumes for ‘superhero’ day at school.
Figure out your stress triggers
Do you have chaotic mornings even though you already have a strategy in place? Make a list of what sets you back in the morning, like your toddler wanting to wear the same shorts or shirt every day, and buy two or three of the same items. If your little girl can’t find her Barbie to play within the car before you leave, create a special spot where Barbie and her accessories are kept so that you can find it when you’re rushing to get everyone to school.
Limit screen time
Try not to switch on the TV – it may distract your children from getting ready, and create even more chaos. Also, if you allow your kids to watch the TV or iPad before school, chances are they won’t want to stop watching and head off to school. This could cause unnecessary tantrums before school.
Communicate the plan
If you have a nanny or au pair helping out in the mornings, make sure she’s properly instructed as to your exact needs. Decide which chore takes the longest and which creates the most chaos, and ask her to help with that. Some helpers take care of breakfast and pack school lunches, while others are great at getting children dressed and coaxing them to brush their hair and teeth, while mom gets ready. If you have this kind of support, you’re very fortunate.