It’s a common scene up and down the country. Those poor parents facing the morning chaos as they try and get their kids out of bed, into their school uniforms, and out of the doors before the morning whistle blows at school. Oh, and let’s not forget trying to squeeze in breakfast as well. Tough? Those people who aren’t parents don’t know the half of it.
So, if you’re looking to avoid morning chaos in your household, here are some tips I think you will find useful.
Get your kids to bed on time.
It’s common sense, but the more time your children have to sleep, the easier it will be to get them out of bed in the morning. This means ensuring they cut down on screen time before they hit the pillow, refusing to let them stay up a little bit later for whatever reason, and offering a little bit of incentive, such as reading them a story when they are finally tucked up in bed.
Organise the children’s things before you go to sleep.
The more you can do the night before, the less you will have to do the following day. So, ensure you have the school uniforms out and ready, set the table for breakfast, and ensure the kids have what they need in their school bags well ahead of time. The more prepared you are, the less chaos there will be, especially when your child is complaining that they can’t find their shoe, or can’t find the book they need for their school day.
Get your beauty sleep.
If your children are in the habit of ‘sleeping’ through their alarm clocks, you need to be ready to wake up to yours. Go to bed at a decent time, set your clock for an hour before your children have to get up, and you will give yourself a fighting chance when the new day begins.
Get up early.
Getting up before your kids will give you time to manage your tiredness. You will have time to eat your breakfast, without worrying about your children’s demands. You will have time to take part in a little exercise, ensuring you have a buildup of energy to cope with your children. And you have the time for a coffee, to give you that final spurt of energy you need for when you have to get the kids out of bed. Learn about coffee subscriptions here to ensure you never run out of your caffeine supply when you need it the most!
Teach your children the skills they need.
By giving your children responsibility for looking after themselves, the less there is for you to do, and the greater chance of them being ready on time. While you might still want to do a few things to hurry them along, such as making their breakfast, you can still teach them how to dress themselves, such as tying their shoelaces and putting their coats on, and then give them lessons on how to hurry themselves along with their routines, such as when they are busying themselves in the bathroom.
And by doing all of these things, the less chaotic your morning will be, and the less risk of your child being placed on the ‘naughty list’ for being late at school again. Well, that’s the theory anyway, but I hope this advice has helped. Let me know your thoughts, and tell me how you survive the morning chaos in your household.
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