How to get your kids ready faster in the morning and save your time?
Getting ready in the morning can be tough even for the best of us, but if you have a large family or small children, getting ready for the day can be especially challenging. Mornings are a particularly stressful time of the day, especially if you have to get to work on top of getting the kids out the door. Younger children can be difficult to motivate while older children can be downright rebellious.
If you’d like to learn more on how to save time and get everyone where they need to be with time to spare, read these tips. This article puts together some of the best advice from stay-at-home moms, working parents, childcare professionals and more. With a little luck, you and your children will get ready and you may even have time to enjoy a cup of coffee if you play your cards right!
Pro Tips for Getting Your Kids to School on Time
Organization is everything when it comes to getting your kids to school on time. If you follow the tips in this article, we guarantee that you’ll have a smooth start to your day. Your morning routine doesn’t have to be total chaos, in fact, with just a little preparation you may even have some time to spare.
Get yourself up early – invest in a good alarm clock and be sure that you get up at least five to ten minutes before your child’s wake up time. When you wake up early, you’ll have time to get yourself ready for the day and won’t have to run around at the last minute.
Go to bed early – the benefits of getting a good night’s sleep cannot be overstated. Go to bed early and you’ll get a jump start on your day. This goes for both children and adults! Getting to bed early also means keeping a set schedule or routine which is also helpful when it comes to enforcing bed times and getting up in the morning. If your child gets enough sleep you lessen the chance that you have to deal with a cranky kid in the morning too.
Decide on clothing, hairstyle the night before – pick out everything your child needs for the next day including things like socks, shoes and underwear. If there is a special event at school or costume day, plan for that as well. If you set out what they’re going to wear you’ll save valuable time in the morning. For a very busy morning, you can try hairstyles that you can do the night before.
Prepare breakfast the night before – you can save a lot of time if you prepare the morning meal the night before. Oatmeal is perfect to leave overnight in a slow cooker or even soaking in the refrigerator. You can also cook and warm items like biscuits or pancakes. Keeping things simple can also help you stick to your schedule in the morning and you won’t be left with a sick full of dishes when you leave the house!
Keep personal items where you use them or need them – organization can really help your morning move along as it should, keep all your items like toothbrushes and toothpaste together. If you have multiple children, keep each one together in a caddy or other basket.
Keep shoes together – you won’t believe the amount of time that’s wasted looking for that “other” shoe. If you keep shoes in one spot, say in a mud room or coat room near the door, you’ll know where everything is. You can also get your child into the practice of leaving his shoes by the door and keeping them in one spot. Once the habit is developed, it is easier to stay on top of.
Have schoolwork and backpacks ready to go – keep backpacks together and packed, ready for the next day. If you have a coat room it may be easiest to place some backpack hooks there for easy access, you can even hang them at a child friendly height to encourage your child to pick up after themselves.
Keep distractions to a minimum – resist the urge to assign too many chores or turn the TV on in the morning. If you keep the chores simple, such as just making the bed and picking up their dirty laundrythen you can focus on getting out the door on time.
Preparation Makes It Easy to Get to School on Time
The common theme in all of the tips outlined above is preparation. Getting the kids ready and tackling your own morning routine should follow an organized schedule. When you keep things organized and routine, it is that much easier to stick to your schedule or deal with changes as they occur. With a little preparation the night before you’ll set yourself up for success in the morning and who knows, you just mind end up saving yourself time in the process.
This article is written by beauty blogger Anamika Dutta. Being a mother of 11 month old baby girl ‘Melita’, she enjoys reading and writing articles about parenthood.