Smooth as Butter Morning Routines


A Smooth Monring Begins with the Night Before

Like every mom you probably feel that there is never enough in the morning.  No matter how early you seem to stat, it always seems like the kids are are running behind and you’re  left a frazzled and stresses out mom before the day has even begun.  But it doesn’t have to be that way.  You can use these tips to make your mornings run as smoothly as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  You’ll be feel happier and more in control and best yet, your kids won’t start the day with a picture of an angry you.

The key to your stress free morning routine – Do as much as you can the night before.  This will reduce the amount of time it takes to get everyone ready and there will be far less stress.

– Shower or Bathe – you may rely on your morning shower to feel fresh and revived, but fortunately your children don’t need do.  Have all the kids take their showers or baths the night before.

– Set Out Clothes – Have your children, with or without your help, set out their clothes for the next day the night before. This was you can ensure that you have all the matching pieces and that everything is ironed and in good shape.

– Pack their bag – Look through your child’s backpack when they bring it home each day.  Go over any homework assignments that need to be done, and make sure that completed homework, permission slips and forms make it back into the bag the night before. Then have your child place her backpack in the same place, near the door, so she’s ready to grab it and go in the – morning.

-Keep a Family Calendar – It’s very helpful to have a centralized family calendar that everyone can look at and put their important events on.  Check the calendar the night before and discuss what everyone has going on and the plans for getting them there.  This way your kids will be prepared and you’ll have time to make any extra carpooling arrangements.

– Make Lunches – Make as many components of lunch the night before as you can.  You can even keep lunch bags, packed, in the refrigerator for the whole night to make the morning preparations run more smoothly.

– Set the Breakfast Table – Put out all the breakfast dishes and items the night before.  You can put out bowls, spoons, glasses and plates – even the boxes of cereal, on the table.

By planning ahead and setting up as much as possible the night before you can have a well oiled machine of a routine in the morning.  Just imagine what you could do with all that extra time!