How do other Mom’s do it? You know?!? The whole morning thing with kids. I couldn’t seem to get it to run smoothly. It was to the point that I was desperate for tips to be able to get our kids ready quickly in the morning without waking up earlier.
Like clock work, I was running behind everyday. Constantly trying to catch up. If this sounds like you don’t worry your not alone! I’ve been there and so has every other Mom. Guess what? There’s a fix and NO you don’t have to wake up earlier!!!!
However, there are few things that you will need to do and best part they are quick, easy and free! Don’t worry we will have your morning running smoother in no time.
Ok, sweet friend! Let’s get you moving in the morning in the right direction!
Firstly, I have to tell you all right now that I am not a morning person. That’s for sure! That will never change.
I’m that chick who somehow made it out the door on time but got up 5 minutes before, but it’s all good cause I have a cup of coffee and a messy bun. Yep that’s me!
However, with four kids at home and me having to be at work by 8am(with an hour commute and morning traffic) we really had to adapt and rethink our morning routine.
I knew it was coming. I had been having difficulty making it out the door with the kids for a while, but somehow it just seemed to smack me in the face one day. It had been a super long day of playing taxi mom and I had successfully been late to everything the entire day.
My kindergartener was having a melt down about wanting a bath not a shower and tears just started pouring out of me like a water faucet! It most definitely was not my sons melt down, but more a sense of failure from not feeling like I was able to keep up with the hectic day.
When bath time was over and our kids were tucked in(Yes, I gave into the bath). I ran to my Mr. Fix it! My hubby!
I figured he would tell me what I didn’t want to hear. “You need to get up earlier!” But to my surprise he had a completely different response.
Instead of what I thought I’d hear he instead gently pointed out a few things that needed to be happening the night before that weren’t.
See, I tend to be super Mom or at least I try to be, but it’s impossible to get 5 people ready in the morning quickly(especially when they are old enough to do it themselves).
My husband reminded me that I can’t and shouldn’t do all of it myself. He helped me plan out how to solve our morning issues by helping the kids tackle a few simple tasks the evening before.
It was one of those Ah ha! moments when things are just so obvious, but you just can’t see them cause your too close to the problem?!? Or you are the problem;)
Yep! I had to eat a big piece of humble pie, listen to where I was failing and let him work his magic, but it was totally worth it.
Here’s what he taught me(Yes! My husband taught me how to get the kids ready quickly in the morning without waking up earlier ……lol). I’m still not sure I should put it down in writing as proof ….lol!!!
Tips to get the kids ready quickly in the morning with out waking up earlier:
1). You have to set yourself up for morning success the night before!
Prepping is key. The kids have to have their clothes and other belonging for the next day layed out and ready to go.
Ask yourself(and your kids!). What are they gonna need for the next day?
A jacket? Shorts? Socks? T- shirt? Underwear? Shoes? How’s the weather? Is it a special event? Really take a second and ponder the next days events and plans. Pull out the items that are needed.
2). Now take it a step further and really Think ahead!
What else do they need?
A signed field trip slip?
Lunch money? Home lunch?
Sports gear? Ballet? Football?
What can you have ready to go that will free up time in the morning and relieve the stress of rushing?
3). Now you need to find a home for your prepped items.
Ours is the foot of their bed. This makes everything ready and waiting for them as soon as they get up.
My younger boys love this as there is no guessing or looking around and they can get themselves ready without help!
I’m guilty of over helping so not helping dress them was hard for me to let go of. It sounds silly, but another part of my morning routine issues was me trying to get 5 people ready instead of everyone getting themselves ready. As a mom it’s hard to step back, but over all it’s better for all of us. Which leads us to the next tip.
4). Promote your kids being self sufficient.
Example: My older children help make breakfast for our younger boys. (Cereal, eggos, toast, yogurt).
Plan out morning meals that the kids can easily accomplish with little assistance from you.
Think about other things your older children could assist with or your child may be able to do on their own. Encourage them to be proactive with taking care of themselves and each other and you’ll be surprised by what they can do and how well. This may take a little extra time initially, but it will speed things up in the future and leave you free to tackle other morning tasks.
Mornings can be rough friend. Be proactive, a pre-planned morning will run so much smoother and allow you more time to enjoy your kids and your sanity in the morning without waking up earlier. Remember, set up the night before, think ahead, find a home for your prepped items and promote your kids being self sufficient. These key items will make a huge difference in your morning routine for you and your children.
Hope you enjoyed these tips to get your kids ready quickly in the morning without waking up earlier. Happy Mornings to you Sweet Friend!