Have you been trying to make mornings easier and get out the door on time? For most families, mornings tend to be the busiest time of the day. Trying to get kids up and out the door for school and/or daycare can be a challenge! Here’s a few tips that will make your mornings run smoother:
1. Pack Lunches The Night Before
Pack lunches the night before to save time in morning. Good times are while prepping for dinner and already prepping food or after the kids are in bed when there are no distractions. These are our favourite eco-friendly lunch box supplies:
Bumpkins Resuable Large Snack Bags: From snacks to sandwiches, these reusable snack and sandwich bags are the perfect size for so many foods and fit nicely into all size lunch boxes. They are easy to clean too.
Thermos Soft Lunch Bag: We’ve found these to hold up best to the test of time.
Lunchbots Stainless Steel Bento Box: Our favourite bento box for kids. The size guide is a great tool to determine what size works best for your lunch packing needs.
2. Prep Breakfast
This may be as simple as putting out all the breakfast supplies (e.g. bowls, spoons & oatmeal) on the counter the night before. This little step can go a long way in the morning. Looking for some inspiration? These are a some of our favourite (and healthy!) kid approved breakfasts:
1) Easy Vegan Overnight Oats by Oh She Glows
2) Breakfast Egg Cups by Super Healthy Kids
3) Chia Seed Pudding + 5 Variations by The Wellness Mama
4) Healthier Cereal Choices (nutritionist approved) compiled by TheHealthy.com. When you are really time crunched having a quick go to breakfast handy like cereal can be a life saver.
3. Get Outfits Ready The Night Before
Let your kids get involved and let them help you pick out their outfits the night before. Or at bedtime, spend 5 minutes in each kids’s bedroom and prepare their outfit for the next day. It saves so much time in the morning.
4. Get Up Before Your Kids
Setting your alarm even just 15 – 20 minutes before the kids get up to get in some personal time can be huge. Use this time to sip on your first coffee or tea of the day, mentally plan for the day, meditate, or journal. For many parents, this is key to setting the tone for the day and embracing the morning with more ease.
5. Make A Morning Routine Chart
Give clear instructions and make it as simple as possible. It can be helpful to use a checklist for each child. Many kids do well with visuals. Having a laminated and wipeable morning checklist for younger school aged children can be a game changer. You can find lots of free printables online. Here a few ones we like:
Note: You may need to remind younger kids more often what they should be doing to get ready and when.
6. Think Big Picture
Don’t put pressure on things that don’t really matter in the grand scheme of things. For example, are you finding breakfast challenging? Then pack breakfast to go for the car ride to school. Are finding matching socks always an issue? Why not have a bin full of socks by the door that can be mixed and matched. Find your pain points and simplify. Anything to make life easier in the mornings is key!
7. Remove Distractions
Minimize distractions like TV and other electronics before school. This slows many kids down in the morning and not the best way to start the day.
So with a new year and new decade here, there’s no better time to create a morning routine that works best for you and your family. Cheers to stress-free mornings ahead!