You wake up to an alarm beeping in your ear, you press snooze… you eventually rag yourself out of bed a few minutes later and attempt to make some coffee before the morning chaos begins….
Too late though… in that 5 minutes of snooze time, your kids’ alarm clocks have woken them up.
They’re asking for breakfast, you’re trying to explain to your daughter that tights just do not work as pants (We’ve had this conversation more than once) and why a long sleeve shirt is more practical than a short sleeve shirt in Winter to your son, you’re trying to drink your coffee while making breakfast only to hear, “I didn’t want that cereal/scrambled eggs/piece of toast, etc etc” Any of this sounding all too familiar?
Well, I can help….
Today I’m sharing a few tips to having a smooth morning.
Pick outfits for everybody the night before! Seriously, before you go to bed, check the weather for the following day & lay out an outfit for each kid! That way, they just wake up & get dressed! No struggle or argument on what to wear, no last minute searching for a sweater or socks. It’s so simple.
Start your day the right way. For me, that’s coffee and waking up before the kids. I take the time to make a good cup of coffee while the kids are still sleeping. I then sit and enjoy it without messing with anything work related or home related. I sit and sip while catching up on Facebook, or browsing Instagram or Pinterest. I need that 15/20 minutes to myself to just wake up. This morning, those few minutes were spent updating our chalkboard -I am still currently obsessed with that. After that, I prep my second cup and sit down at my computer to check my planner, catch up on emails, and then I get ready to get some work done. So do whatever it is that lets you have a relaxing start to the day.
Everybody gets the same breakfast, no questions asked or they feed themselves.
Now this one might sound a little mean, but I promise you, it’s not. I’m obviously not going to feed all 3 of my kids something that they don’t like, but I know darn well that they all like cereal with marshmallows in it, or toast with the jelly that their Pa made from his apricot trees. Doing this takes the guess work out, it’s easy to mix it up throughout the week and then nobody says, “Oh! I wanted cereal, not toast” because they saw their brother eating cereal too.
Speaking of breakfast, keep a grab & go breakfast handy for those mornings that you have to rush out the door. For me, that’s preschool mornings… I get Fin & Maddie on the bus and off to school. I then shower and get ready while Owen is getting dressed. I grab my belVita Breakfast biscuit, a banana, my water cup and out the door we go! I munch on it while taking him to preschool or while sitting in the parking lot because I hit only one red light instead of 3 and got there early.
These belVita Breakfast biscuits (click link to find a store near you) are perfect for grabbing & going. Unless it’s a weekend and I have time to cook/enjoy an actual breakfast, I usually just eat these. They come in various flavors and there is currently an Ibotta rebate you can take advantage of. (I used it just yesterday to restock on my belVita Breakfast biscuits)
What are some of your smooth morning tips?