Are you dreaming of a film-worthy morning routine? Freshly made croissants, smoothies for everyone, immaculately turned out children and a stress-free nursery run… sounds great! Mornings with children can be hard work, and although the homemade croissants might be a step too far, you can improve your morning with a little effort. If every day is a manic Monday, it’s time to make a change.
Organisation is key
The key to establishing a morning routine for kids and toddlers lies in organisation. Work out your timings the night before, always giving yourself a 10-minute buffer. This way you can leave the house in a relaxed environment rather than a mad panic.
Get everything your kids need packed the night before; think about clothes, packed lunch, activities etc. and make sure you have everything to hand. Organise your clutter, making sure hats, scarves, gloves and car keys are easy to locate. Teach your little ones to always put their shoes and coats in the same place – and like magic they’ll still be there when you need them.
Get ahead of the game
Depending on how your little ones sleep, get up and dressed before them. You’ll be one step ahead the whole day, and might even find time for a quiet cup of coffee! Set your alarm 15 minutes earlier than normal so that you can do what you need before they start shouting your name on repeat. If they beat you to it, give them an activity to do while you hop in the shower.
A leisurely breakfast
The best way to start a morning routine for kids is with a fun family breakfast. Whilst this might seem idealistic, scheduling 10 minutes to sit with your kids and eat together will keep their energy levels up all morning, give you all a little bit of quality time and form a key part of your kids’ morning routine.
Make a morning chart
Try to inject some fun into mornings with an interactive chart – this could include:
- brush your teeth
- make your bed
- get dressed
- eat breakfast
- clear away your plate
- put on shoes
Make it bright and colourful and involve the kids when making it. Make sure to refer to it regularly throughout the morning so they feel a sense of reward from completing each task.
Play the long game
It might be easier and faster to put on your kids’ shoes for them and find their coat when they’ve lost it. However, teaching them how to do these things for themselves will save you time in the long run. If mummy or daddy always come to the rescue, they’ll never figure out where the shoe cupboard is.
Keep the peace
The more anxious and panicked you are, the more your kids will be. Even when you’re searching high and low for the elusive toy car that MUST come to nursery today, take a deep breath and carry on. Keep it together, and your kids will follow suit.
You’ve done it!
Once you’ve made the change, the hard work is done. The first few weeks of a new morning routine for kids might be challenging, but it will soon become the new norm. Keep at it and you’ll reap the rewards. Next step, homemade croissants!