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You wake up to an alarm beeping in your ear that you just weren’t ready for, you press snooze… you drag yourself out of bed a few minutes later and attempt to make some coffee or tea before the morning chaos begins….
Too late though – 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), you’re trying to drink your drink while making them 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 stress free 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.
If your coffee pot has a programmable feature, use it! Mine is set to turn on and warm up the same time my alarm clock goes off. That way, I don’t have to wait for it to sit and wake up itself… it’s awake and all ready to go.
Everybody gets the same breakfast, no questions asked!
Now this one might sound a little mean, but 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 Pa made from his apricot trees, or cheese on their scrambled eggs. 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.
Set alarms and use them! I have an alarm set to go off 5 minutes before the bus gets to the bus stop! It dings, the kids gather up their backpacks and head out the door. No running late, no missing the bus.
Refill your drink. By this point, it’s probably either empty or cold! Take 2 seconds to make a fresh drink and enjoy the calm before the toddler starts saying he’s hungry (again). *wink*
I like a nice hot cup of Bigelow tea (chamomile on this particular day)
Do you have any tips to add?
What’s your go-to relaxation drink?