My morning routine has always been somewhat of a scramble, even before I had children. I am just not a morning person. Nowadays, I get up earlier to complete morning tasks, but I work on them to last minute and then I am still rushing to get ready.
With children in the schedule, you must factor for additional slowness getting out of bed, eating their breakfast slow (or not at all), not deciding what to wear (or just not putting it on), forgetting to complete yesterday’s homework, losing a shoe or book or some item that must be found right this minute or tears will follow. Do any of these things ever happen at your house in the morning?
To improve the morning routine, I have implemented Mom’s Morning Rules:
- Get up the first time you are called. Mom and Dad should not have to remind you 3 times to get up. My girls seem to like to use an alarm clock to get up. When the alarm goes off, they get up. It works for now (hopefully, it will still work when they are 13).
- No electronic devices are allowed in the mornings. No Xbox, no I-Touch, no Kindle. If it plugs into a wall, you are not allowed to play it before school. These items are such a distraction and slow down in the morning, I found that removing them all together is necessary. No exceptions.
- Make up your bed. Making up the bed helps you feel like you accomplished something in the morning. It also helps your room look neater and organized when you come home after school.
- Put on your clothes for school or the day as soon as you get up. Since my children wear uniforms to school, I don’t make them pick their clothes the day before because they basically wear the same thing every day. They do need to be sure they have uniforms clean to wear.
- Eat your breakfast. Start your day with a healthy breakfast. You don’t want to go to school hungry.
- After you finish your breakfast, brush your teeth and comb your hair. This one seems to be the hardest. Children seem to hate brushing their teeth and combing their hair.
- If you have done all the steps above and are completely ready to go, you may sit down on the couch and read a book or watch TV quietly until everyone else is ready to leave.
On the days we follow these rules almost perfectly (and no one complains), the morning routine is smooth. On the days when the children are slow to get up or don’t put on their clothes promptly, the morning is slower and it’s a struggle. But having these guidelines, helps improve the process.
Start your day by implementing a simple routine for everyone in your house to follow. Your morning will go smoother and when you have a great start to your day, the rest of the day is usually much easier too!
Get a FREE printable copy of these rules, put them on your refrigerator as a reminder and make your mornings a success!
How do you handle the morning routine? Do you have rules for your children to follow in the morning?