Follow these tips for calming the chaos of mornings and get everyone out the door to work and school with a smile.
Mom Jen Austin suggests setting a timer to remind the kids when it's time to get out the door. "Five minutes before everyone must be in the car or else, announces the timer to the entire family," she says. "When that bell dings, the children better be out the door with their shoes on and backpacks in hand. That one works really well for us."
Mom Renee Thompson takes the tried-and-true tip of getting kids' clothes ready the night before a step further. She says, "As laundry is finished, I don't put it in baskets or drawers. Instead, I create outfits, including socks and underwear. Then I place each full set of clothing in a separate gallon-sized zipper top bag. During our hectic mornings, the kids pick the outfit they want by choosing a bag and I know that they have all that they need. At the end of the week, the bags are returned to the laundry room and we start all over. The few minutes I spend on the weekend filling the bags saves me tons of time and stress during the week."
Barbara Reich, organization expert and author of Secrets of an Organized Mom, says, "Establish Sunday night family meeting time. This is an opportunity for everyone to talk about what’s happening in the upcoming week, especially with respect to homework and projects that may be due, sports practices and games, and logistics."
Have you ever started an all-day work meeting only to discover your cell phone battery is dead? You're not alone. Make a habit of charging your phones, laptops and tablets when you get home from work. I was never good at following this tip until I bought an alarm clock with an iPhone charger. Now, when I set my alarm before bed and don't see my phone there, it's an automatic reminder to dig it out of my purse and charge it overnight.
The thought of getting up earlier than the kids may make you cringe, but it's worth it. Shower, dress, and put your makeup on before you get the kids ready — it will make you less stressed and set the tone for the kids, too.
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