Hi Medical Mama fans and readers! Today we’re going to talk about how YOU can have a more relaxing and organized morning when your family gets up in the mornings to get ready for school/work/etc.
1) Pick Out Outfits the Night Before
Pick out their pants, shirt, panties, socks, shoes, sweater, coat, etc the night before and put it somewhere they get ready in the morning.
I pick out my daughters’ clothes and lay them on their dressers for them to see in an obvious spot in the mornings.
2) Pre-Prep Breakfast
Okay, you’re probably thinking “Ain’t nobody got time for that.” YOU DO!!! I cook breakfast on Sundays after church. Or I do it when I have a free afternoon randomly. I make things like 2 dozen muffins, breakfast burritos, scrambled eggs, pancakes, etc. I also portion out cereal in plastic containers to prevent over pouring and wasting cereal. You can find all my great breakfast ideas here.
3) Pack Lunches the Night Before
Packing lunches the night before saves you about 10-15 minutes in the morning of feeling rushed. You can slow down the night before and think about what you are going to put in the lunches. You can plan a healthier meal this way too.
I always pack my daughter’s lunch the night before. I even put it in her lunch box and put it in the fridge to sit over night. The next morning all she has to do is go to the fridge and grab it and put it in her backpack.
4) Pack Backpack the Day Before
Whenever homework gets done in the afternoons pack the backpack for the next day. Anything that needs signed do it and put it back in the backpack. Take care of everything at once instead of dragging everything out all night trying to gather stuff together. If your child needs to take something to school for the next day put it in the backpack at the same time.
After school we sit down at the table in the dining room. We pull everything out. I sign her chart, do homework together, and talk about the day. My daughter is able to work on everything while eating her snack (so get that out of the way too). The next morning we are not rushing around trying to get everything gathered for the stupid backpack.
Routine sounds so cliche. It’s not! Do the same thing at the same time every morning. That way your children know what to expect. First we do this, next we do that. That way there’s not excuse for them to get distracted in front of the t.v. or give you the excuse of “not knowing what to do next.”
We get up, breakfast first. My daughter is able to watch t.v. while eating. Breakfast is already made, so she doesn’t spend extra time trying to figure out what she wants. She knows right after that she has to go brush her teeth. Then it’s time to get dressed (which her clothes are already picked out saving more time). After getting dressed we do her hair and put her lunchbox in her backpack (which also already packed saving more time).