A Guide to Making Mornings Easier for Busy Parents
Life is full-on and hectic for parents, but one time of the day that can get incredibly stressful in the mornings. Research shows more than half of all parents find mornings the most stressful part of their day. This is no surprise, as getting everyone up out of the door and to school on time can be challenging, especially if you need to head off to work afterwards. If you are tired of explaining to your boss why you are late for work, or you simply want to make the mornings less chaotic and to lower your stress levels, you need to take action. Take a look at these tips for making mornings easier and a lot less stressful:
Get a Headstart
If you are tired of spending your mornings hunting for missing shoes and lost homework, now is the time to plan ahead. Getting as much as you possibly can ready the night before will make it so much easier for you the following day. Ensuring that the kids have packed their bags the evening before school, laying out their uniforms for the morning and making packed lunches in advance will ensure that you will all be good to go the next day. Making all of these preparations should help to cut down on the amount of drama and chaos that takes place each morning and make it so much easier for you to get the kids to school on time and without constantly shouting at them to hurry up.
Make Time to Eat
If your day begins in a rush and continues the same way, you need to ensure that you have a proper breakfast. Choosing an oat-based food for breakfast, such as growli, is an excellent idea, as it will give you the energy you will need to cope with the challenges of the day ahead while keeping you feeling fuller for longer. If possible, it is helpful to wake up a little while before the kids so you can eat your breakfast in peace and prepare theirs ready for when they come downstairs. If you want to be super organised and reduce your stress levels further, you could make everyone overnight oats the day before, so you just need to get them out of the fridge each morning without doing anything else.
Create a Schedule
Lots of parents struggle to get their children to listen to them, but in the mornings, when you are in a rush, this can be a bigger problem than usual. So, if you are tired of repeating the same instructions over and over again, it is time to take a different approach. One method you may find success is to introduce a schedule that lists the tasks that the kids need to carry out each morning. With a clear list in front of them, it should remove the need for you to repeat yourself, and provide them with the opportunity to be independent and get themselves organised… hopefully!