Make Your Mornings Easier as a Mom
There are many good tips to make your mornings easier as a mom. But, then we all know how it goes if you add a nursing baby, or a potty-training toddler, or an early morning appointment or meeting, then there’s the occasional wet bed or someone who threw their cereal all over the kitchen, all before you even had a chance to wake up (ahem).
I’m certainly not even close to perfect at keeping a morning routine, but when I do, I definitely have a better day. Of course, our days vary a bit with activities and just by the nature of having young children, but I’ve found some tips and tricks help make mornings easier as a mom if I plan ahead.
I’ve asked around and many moms agree that they want help making their mornings easier. We all know the advice to wake up a few minutes earlier or get up earlier than the kids in order to get a jump start on the day. Now, that may work for some but there are definitely those days that we can not wake up any earlier than we HAVE to.
What I’ve found when I read advice on how to get mornings started as a mom is that there is no one set of rules that will work for every mom. Depending on your responsibilities and schedules, what works this year might not work next year.
These are the factors that make the difference for me:
Make a clear schedule for each morning of the week.
Some days there might be a change in the schedule. Do you need to leave early for a meeting at work? Does your child have a doctor’s appointment? Have a clear idea what time you need to leave the house on those change of schedule days. I often think about what the next morning needs to “look” like before I go to sleep the night before.
Make a morning to-do list for each household member
When I was working in the mornings, it was great to know my duties and my husband’s duties in order to get done to help get everyone out of the house on time. I’d lay out the outfits, my husband would dress my son, then I would nurse my son. My husband would take out the trash. I’d pack up the car to head to the babysitter. We knew exactly what each of us needed to do. Defining our duties eliminated confusion and chaos.
Meal plan to account for breakfast, lunches, and dinners.
It is so helpful to meal plan ahead of time. A meal plan gives me direction as to what to take out of the freezer or toss in the crockpot in the morning. I also know exactly what to buy at the store for the week.
Schedule your coffee maker the night before.
This is pretty self-explanatory, right? ;) We need to get started the right way in the morning. I look forward to drinking my hot cup of coffee on the way to wherever we need to be – motivates me to get out on time! If you’re not a coffee drinker, maybe a glass of lemon water to jump start the metabolism.
Make breakfast kid friendly, quick, and easy!
I’ve found if I make breakfast burritos on the weekend and freeze them or make breakfast sandwiches on the weekend and freeze them – I can quickly reheat for a hot breakfast. Or I keep cereal, cereal bars, and oatmeal for a quick kid-friendly breakfast.
Plan outfits on the weekend for the kids.
Catching up with laundry on the weekends and getting the boy’s outfits ready for the week, keeps our mornings running smoothly. Nothing sets off more craziness than when I finally get the boys into their rooms to get dressed and then I have to go off searching for a shirt or socks.
Keep homework, signed papers/forms in child’s backpack
It’s so much easier to have everything ready to go. There’s no time for searching for missing papers and definitely no time to turn around to go back and get anything left at home.
Set alarms in your phone for wake up and departure times.
Alarms in my phone have saved us from being late many times. When the alarm goes off, it’s time to leave the house.
Set reminders in your phone.
Do you need a package for the post office or a return to make at the store during lunch? Make sure to keep a note in your phone or put a sticky note on the door if it’s an item that’s easy to forget.
Mornings set the tone for the rest of the day. So make sure you get off to a good start!