Last week we joyfully subbed in for our kids as we got our grand kiddos off to school. While we had this job full time many years ago, it’s a new world currently to keep mornings calm and productive. It’s takes planning and organization to get the day started with positive energy and organization. Here’s some tips we learned for morning routines that will calm the family chaos.
Do as much as you can the night before
I share this news a lot! Do as much as you can to prepare the night before. That means setting up a station for making lunch with clean lunch boxes, prepared snacks all set, and your napkin note ready to put in the lunch box. Backpacks should be completely ready at the back door and all devices charging in a common charging station. While this may be difficult after a busy and long day, it has huge pay off.
Get to bed early
It’s tempting to complete unfinished projects or have “me” time at the end of the day. The quiet evening helps us feel more productive and less distracted. It definitely derails the next day if you go to bed late. The later it gets, the harder it is to get to sleep too. Be sure to get in bed early so you have a great night’s rest. Morning will come quickly and you need the energy and brain power that getting to bed early offers.
Busy parents benefit from getting an early start. Get up 30 – 60 minutes earlier than your family. That early start is a positive for you. You have undistracted time to focus on yourself. Its the time you can devote to exercise, devotionals or your gratitude journal. It gives you time for yourself and gets you ready for the day both physically and mentally. You can be dressed and ready and then ready to work with your family.
Spend the last few minutes of your time together finalizing all the details of the day and giving encouragement to your family. Take 5 minutes to go through each kiddos back pack and be sure it’s all together. Spend 5 more mintues sharing how it’s going to be an amazing day, how grateful you are for each kiddos’ gifts, and giving a big hug. You and your family benefit from a positive send off.
It’s a blessing to you and your family as you start the day with positive energy, a calm spirit and a well organized family. Work at your routines to create easy ways for these 4 tips to be a part of your daily routine. A little organization has a big pay off!
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