How to beat the Morning Rush with kids?

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.

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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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20 thoughts on “How to beat the Morning Rush with kids?

  • Mrs Puddleducky

    We have the same here! I try to be organised by pre packing bags but I’m rubbish with the ironing! We do it on the day and your right it would make much more sense to do it at the weekend 🙂 x

    • ReimerandRuby

      I only have one hour in the morning to get everyone ready as I’m too greedy with my sleep, so I have to make sure everything is all prepared including all ironed clothes. Makes my life easier in the morning!

  • Great post, and fab tips, so useful. Preparation and being ready is the absolute key #twinklytuesday

  • WHINE OR WINE

    Oh Christ the bloody morning rush!!!!!! It drives me mad!! What ever happens I am stressed and shouting!! Shall try and follow some of your tips!! xx# Best and worst

    • ReimerandRuby

      Hahaha! I think everyone of us drives mad on the morning rush, lol it’s how we prepared the night before made a big difference

  • These are great tips and reminders, I definitely agree these make a huge difference in my stress level when I am prepared. Thanks for sharing #bestandworst

  • oh my gosh I am hopeless we are always rushing. Aspen and Adam are night owls and even if I put them to bed early overnight they still can’t fall asleep until around 9-9.30 whereas April falls to sleep quickly and easily. Great tips about being organised I need to listen! #mummyandus

    • ReimerandRuby

      I’m a bit lucky with my kids because when it’s their bedtime at 8, they always fall asleep pretty quick, although in spite of it, she is still sometimes grumpy in the morning…

  • You are super organised. I always find myself running around at the last second. Dread to think what I would be like if I had children!
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes
    Debbie

    • ReimerandRuby

      Having children would multiply the chaos, just need to be organized to anticipate all those stress!

  • This is a great post and you have really good tips here. You are right it is important to be organised in order to avoid any problems in the mornings. I tried to do all of them but sometimes I fail and when that happens we have a chaotic house in the morning! Great post. #AnythingGoes

    • ReimerandRuby

      I sometimes fail to prepare all their stuff especially when I’m tired and feeling lazy, that’s also when I noticed the mornings are chaotic. So I always try to prepare as much as I can.

  • Great tips! I try putting the kids early but never easy… By the way, I love your new graphic image above. 🙂 xx #MyFavouritePost

    • ReimerandRuby

      I think my kids are used to their bedtime routine, at 8pm that will be them straight to bed… so they won’t be tired in the morning! Thanks for lovely comment!

  • Such good advice, when I return back to work again after mat leave I am definitely going to have to be more organised with 2! Thanks for linking up to the #bestandworst 🙂

    • ReimerandRuby

      Keeping organized is what saved my sanity from working and dealing with two, it’s stressful of course but this is just temporary for us, once they’re bigger and can do things themselves, then it will be less stressful for us.

  • I love this and I like to think I am all organized the night before which I am and somehow we are still always rushing around with our heads cut off to get shoes coats on and in the car. 🙂 Great advice. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me. I appreciate the linky loyalty and always look forward to seeing you again at SWM. #sharewithme

    • ReimerandRuby

      I know what you mean, no matter how we tried to organize stuff the night before, we still fail on some things, part of parenthood, isn’t it? Thanks for welcoming me too!

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