Morning Rush… What comes to our mind? alarm tick, panic, chaotic, hectic and manic. Getting yourself ready to work in the early hours of the morning can be daunting, let alone getting your kids geared up too. I have to say, it certainly multiplied the challenge to defeat time.
Me and my husband both have an early morning start at work. In fact, he had already left for work as soon as my alarm goes off. So, by the time I’m awake, I’ll be left alone to prepare the kids to be dropped off to their childminder before I finally head to work. It seems pretty straightforward but realistically it isn’t! However, since I returned to work after maternity, I eventually managed to settle down into a routine which kept my sanity to say the least. A routine that made the mornings plain sailing whilst dealing with two kids and myself in a short period of time.
How to beat the morning rush with kids?
One best strategy I’ve learned is to PREPARE, PREPARE and PREPARE…
1. Packed snacks and lunches for the whole week should be prepared on a Sunday
We always have our big weekly shop every Sunday where we buy groceries for the whole week’s consumption taking into consideration the expiration dates too to be on the safe side. Our weekly shop includes food for work for both me and my husband and food for kids while he’s at school and she’s with childminder. After sorting out this food in its respective containers, this will then be placed in the fridge, as it’s easier just to pick them up in the morning before going out.
Making food on the day and in the morning is just a no-no because that will only eat up a lot of your time.
2. Clothes should be ironed on the weekend
Some people have this habit of ironing their clothes a few minutes before going to work, which is probably fine for some but definitely not ideal if you’re dealing with kids on a morning rush. I normally iron our work clothes and kids’ school clothes for the whole week on a Sunday so it would be ready to wear as the days go.
3. Kids should have shower or bath at night time
Giving kid’s shower or bath at night time is rather pragmatic as it’s one less thing to do if you’re rushing in the morning. Freshening the kids up before going to bed would give them a good night sleep as well. Some people might find having shower in the morning as suitable for them as their way to start the day. But it’s not practical with kids as they tend to get grumpy if being awaken at the crack of dawn.
4. Kid’s clothes for the day should be prepared the night before
I usually put out the kids clothes (shirts, trousers, underwear and socks) the night before. In that way, as soon as they’re awake in the morning, I’ll just grab the prepared clothes and it’s ready for them to put on. No more wasting time choosing clothes from the cupboards.
5. Kid’s bags should be ready the night before
Before going to bed the night before, I make sure school bag is ready where homework should already be placed inside it or if it won’t fit in, then it should be placed beside the bag so it won’t be forgotten in the morning. On the other hand, bag for the childminder should be refilled as well, like nappy wipes, nappy sacks if it runs out and couple of nappies too.
6. Kid’s shoes and jackets should be prepared
It’s quite common at home when kids shoes are found in every corner of the house despite of the shoe shelves intended for it. At night time, shoes should be prepared by making sure they have the pair. This will avoid the panic of searching for the lost pair in the morning. Most of all, jackets has to be ready too especially now that the temperature is dropping, making sure it’s not left in Daddy’s car or mixed up with other clothes.
7. Let Kids sleep early
There’s nothing worst than a cranky kid in the early hours of the morning when you’re trying to prepare them to go out. The whining, moaning and crying are all signs of a tired kid, still wanting to sleep kid and a lack of sleep kid. Dealing with this in the morning will just ruin all the preparations you’ve done the night before. This will only fritter away time.
So putting kids in bed early means they will woke up in the morning energetic, active and all pumped up for the day.
Do you prepare the kids to go out too first thing in the morning?
How do you beat the morning rush with the kids?
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