That being said.. As good as I am about waking up with sun it isn't always easy when you have two kids in tow. Especially when you add in trying to get one to school on time and stop the other one from melting down because their breakfast cereal is 'too crunchy.'
After seven years I feel like I've kind of found my groove with a morning routine. Things that I do consistently to try and make mornings as smooth as possible. They're simple things but effective.
1// Organise Your Clothes.
Every evening I sort out my own clothes for the next day as well as James & Emilie's. The last thing I want to be doing at 7am is rooting through draws trying to find a matching outfit! James then only has to grab his pile in the morning and he's all set.
2// Wake Up Earlier.
Sounds silly right? You already have to get up early so decide to wake up even earlier.. There is method behind my madness. I set my alarm for 20 minutes before I actually have to get out of bed. This gives me time to wake up properly and have a few moments before I have to get the kids. It's amazing the difference it makes!
3// Launch Pad.
James's school stuff is all kept in the same place. That way I know where everything is and I can grab it as we leave the house. Set up a launch pad, it can be a basket or box, and have everything organised there. Lunch boxes, permission slips, book bags.
4// Get Dressed.
My kids eat breakfast as soon as we're downstairs. Mainly because they seem to both be ravenous in the mornings! As soon as breakfast is over on a school day, they get dressed. James especially seems to be more motivated once he is in his school uniform. On the odd day he's done other things first it feels like it's a fight to get him out of the door on time.
Sometimes little ones need some incentives. Especially on a rainy school day when they just want to stay in their PJ's all morning and watch cartoons. I've used reward chart for both of them in the past with simple things on such as, "Brush Teeth" "Make Bed" .. If they completed these tasks then they got a sticker and once they collected a certain amount then they got a small prize. Use what incentives work for your children!
Here's to happy stress free mornings!