Take Control of Your Mornings
The Importance of a Morning Routine & Creating Responsible Tiny Humans
Do you struggle with taking control of your morning routine and feel rushed to get out the door on time? Me too. Let’s talk about how to take control of your mornings with kids. I’ve been using this simple free printable to help streamline our morning to-do list.
It’s back to school time! My son started First Grade at the beginning of August and our mornings became very rushed very quickly. My husband travels a lot for work and I am often functioning as a single parent, as is the case right now. We also have an 18 month old so it has become more and more important to make things as easy as possible. Oh, I should probably also mention that I am NOT a morning person. I like my sleep very much. It’s become much more important to streamline what has to get done in the morning in order to maximize sleeping time and still get us all out the door on time. Here’s what my mornings look like:
5:35 am- my alarm goes off. I hit snooze at least 2 times
6:00 am- seriously consider getting out of bed
6:08 am- must get out of bed now and in the shower or I’ll have to go to work with wet hair (not a good look for me)
6:09-6:35 am- shower, make up, get dressed, blow dry hair at least half way
6:35 am- go get my 18 month old out of bed and dressed
6:40- 6:45 am- wake up my 6 year old and get him started on his morning routine (more on this below!)
6:45 am- while he is doing his morning routine, I finish assembling his lunch (most of the prep is done the night before so all I have to do is toss it in his lunch box at this time)
6:55 am- load up the baby and hurry the 6 year old out to the car. Sit in the car and make sure we have backpack, lunchbox, purse, phone. Away we go!
7:10 am- drop off the 6 year old at his before and after care program
7:20 am- drop off the 18 month old at the nanny’s house
7:45 am- arrive at the office bright eyed and bushy-tailed
Couple things you might have noticed: it only takes me 25 minutes to get ready (I do half my makeup at home, the other half in the car), it only takes my 6 year old 5-10 minutes to get ready (he picks out his clothes the night before), and no one here eats breakfast. OK, so the 18 month old gets his cup of milk before we leave but then he has breakfast at the nanny’s house. My 6 year old grabs his breakfast and eats it in the car or when he gets to before care (it’s usually an apple or a cereal bar or something grab and go) and I usually skip breakfast in favor of coffee at work. Please save the “importance of breakfast” lecture for another time. I’m a work in progress.
We recently started following a chore chart, using the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace plan for kids as guidance and my first grader has really done well and gotten excited about doing chores, getting check marks and most of all, getting paid on Saturdays. (If you want to know more about this plan, let me know in the comments and I will write a post about it). So he was happy when I added the Morning Routine as a chore on his chart. One more opportunity to earn!
If your child is anything like my 6 year old, his or her morning routine is probably very similar. I created this simple chart to help remind my son what he needs to do in the morning. I simply have it hanging on my refrigerator so he can easily check it out and see what’s next. You could frame it and use a dry erase marker to check off each item every day, too.
You can download the PDF version here: Morning Routine
My mother and my mother-in-law and my husband are all morning people and I am totally jealous of them. They can get up at 4 am, exercise, have a leisurely cup of coffee, get ready without rushing and in the case of my mother-in-law, even cook dinner for that night in the morning. Seriously. This is not me. But it is something I’d like to work towards. For now, I’m going to be honest and say that mornings are tough for me and I’ll do whatever I can to make it as easy as possible. Unfortunately, I’m also not a night person so I’m cutting corners there too. It’d be nice if I had the energy to bake a cake and vacuum the house at 11 pm, but I’ve already been in bed for 2 hours at that point. #sorrynotsorry
What steps do you take to make things easier on yourself? Do you have any advice for a struggling mom like me?