How to Have a Stress Free Morning

by | News, Parent Resources

Getting your kids ready for school and out the door may sometimes feel like an impossible task. Rushing around trying to get them dressed and fed can have you feeling like you’ve run a marathon before the day has even begun. Well, here are some tips to make your morning with kids as stress free as possible!

Spread the Love

We may not realize it, but kids can be especially needy for a cuddle in the morning. Starting off the day with love and conversation is a great way to set a calm mood for the morning and the rest of the day. Wake up a little bit earlier and spend some one-on-one time with the kids as you are waking them up.

Plan Ahead

Although it may seem like a hassle at first, planning ahead and getting everything that doesn’t necessarily have to be done in the morning the night before will make your mornings much easier. Throw it into your nightly routine and you will begin to see the benefits in no time. Start by making lunches in the evening, instead of rushing around in the morning – this way your lunches will be more thought-out and healthier because of the extra time given. Tip: Get the kids involved – have them pack their school bag, prepare their outfit, and help you prepare their lunch.

Fun Schedules

There are lots of things to do in the morning. Instead of chasing the kids around the house to make sure they have everything together, create a morning routine chart and use images for pre-readers. Include checkpoints such as: get dressed, comb hair, make bed, eat breakfast, brush teeth, put on shoes, grab your backpack. Kids will enjoy checking off items, when they’re completed them and it makes for a fun activity!

DIY Breakfast

Empower kids to make breakfast themselves or prep an easy “grab-and-go” option ahead of time so that they can have breakfast without needing you to make it for them. For example, make a healthy smoothie or a bowl of granola and fruit the night before so that they can easily grab it from the fridge and eat breakfast without your help. Not into meal prepping? Put cereal bowls out where the kids can reach them and keep any condiments they might need on bottom shelves of the refrigerator.