Being a parent is hard enough, but being a parent in the morning can be even more challenging. There are a million things to do, and you must get everyone out the door on time. It can be easy to lose your cool and yell at your kids, but there are better ways to start the day. Here are some tips for being a better parent in the morning
Get up earlier
You may not be a morning person, but getting up earlier can help you avoid the morning rush. Getting up earlier gives you time to yourself to wake up slowly and start your day calmly. It also gives you time to get things done, so you’re not rushed when your kids wake up.
If something comes up, getting up earlier means that you have the chance to deal with that. With extra time, you can take care of things before your kids wake up, so you’re not stressed when trying to get ready for the day.
Do something you enjoy first thing
Spending time with yourself in the morning can work wonders for your mood, so you’re not starting the day frazzled and stressed. Taking time for your enjoyment can be anything from reading a book to going for a run. Try fitting in some meditation or a short yoga session to set the tone for the day. If you love coffee, consider getting a hand coffee grinder to slow yourself down in a good way, making both the entire process of drinking coffee and your morning more mindful.
Even just playing with your dog or connecting with your partner can be a way to make yourself smile and feel good first thing in the morning. Whatever it is, make sure it’s something that makes you happy and helps to de-stress you. This way, you can be more mindful and present with your children.
Make a plan or work ahead
Planning or thinking ahead will help you feel more prepared and in control when the morning comes. One of the best ways to avoid morning chaos is to plan everything out. This means getting everyone’s clothes ready, setting the table, packing bags, and planning quick and easy lunchbox meals. You can also do this weekly, so you’re not scrambling every morning or night before.
Try planning out clothes for the week on the weekends, and you’ll thank yourself later. If you have everything ready in the morning, you’ll be less likely to forget anything. You’ll also be able to relax and take your time rather than rushing around trying to get everything done.
Make breakfast ahead of time
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so make sure your children eat something healthy before rushing off to school. If you make breakfast, you can avoid the morning rush and have more time to eat as a family. Plus, your kids will love having their breakfast already waiting for them in the morning.
Get the kids involved
Getting the kids involved in the morning routine can help things run more smoothly. Ask them to help with breakfast or getting dressed. This way, they feel like they’re a part of the process and you’re not doing everything yourself. It also teaches them responsibility and helps them learn to be independent. If they know they have to help with certain things in the morning, they’ll be more likely to do them.
Don’t hit the snooze button
Hitting the snooze button can make you feel more tired, so it’s best to avoid it if possible. If you find yourself hitting snooze, try setting your alarm for a time at which you can wake up. This way, you won’t be as tempted to hit snooze and start your day feeling more rested.
Get everyone dressed before you leave
It can be tempting to drive the kids to school in your PJs, but getting everyone dressed before you leave will help you avoid stressful situations. Getting dressed before you leave allows you to walk the kids to their classroom instead of waving goodbye from the car, and it gives you a chance to run errands after dropping off the kids. Plus, it’s one less thing to do when you get home.
Starting the day off on the right foot is essential for everyone in the family. If you follow these tips, you’ll have a more peaceful morning and avoid conflict with your kids. These tips will help you feel more prepared and in control so you can start the day calmly and enjoy time with your children.