Whatever your parent + student routine, mornings can get pretty chaotic and just one thing going wrong can throw off your entire day (and make everyone extra cranky pants.) I’m not claiming you’ll never have a crazy morning again, because let’s be real here, #parentlife. BUT I do have a few tips on surviving them and making your morning student routine a little easier! (Don’t forget to leave me some of your morning parent hacks in the comments below!)
Prepare the Night Before
Prepare EVERYTHING the night before. I mean EVERYTHING. Outfits, school bags, socks, shoes. THE SHOES! Make sure you have them TOGETHER at the front door ready to go, the night before. I don’t know how, but there always seems to be one shoe missing (Pssst..check the kids toy area) that takes a whole hour to locate and now you’re late, so trust me – find the shoes.
Prepare lunches for the next day right after dinner. That way you don’t have to clean up twice and it’s out of the way. Get everyone’s outfits for the next day ready and place them wherever your kids get ready in the morning. Right after breakfast they can get dressed and you’re not running around like a crazy person looking for socks. The more organized you are ahead of time, the easier your mornings will be. It’s worth preparing, so don’t wait!
Get Up Before the Kids.
I know you might get up pretty early already but having that extra time before the kids wake up does wonders. There’s just something wonderful about getting up before everyone else in the house. It’s so quiet and peaceful and will give you some time to collect your thoughts before the craziness of the day starts. Did I mention it’s quiet? Make a coffee, drink it hot, watch the news, grab some breakfast, all in silence. You will see your mornings run smoother by doing this. (Even on weekends!)
Don’t Hit Snooze.
That snooze button is tempting – especially when you’re a worn-out parent but the sooner you get up, the better. Hitting snooze too many times will make you feel even more tired and sluggish. So get up and go grab that HOT coffee or hot chocolate, while you can.
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These were just a few ideas to help you get your morning routine on track. Have any of your own tips or tricks to share that make your morning parent + student routine a little less hectic? Drop them in the comments and share with other parents!