How to make your mornings successful… With kids!
How difficult can it be to just type some words? Very, it appears. Maybe because I feel like I talk way too much about myself in all my channels combined. It feels like I’m out of words when I log in here.
Since I don’t have much to tell you about the past two weeks that I’ve been more or less alone with our children, I’m taking this opportunity to tell you about my super empowering morning! It is so often that I drop off our children feeling like I’m not enough and like the morning was a big failure, therefore I want to embrace this wonderful morning we had today.
Our mornings are usually quite stressful and hectic like I imagine mornings are for most families with small children. It doesn’t really matter what time we need to be somewhere, but just the fact that we need to be somewhere and follow our regular routine is enough to get the pulse up. Today however, I sailed through our morning with ease, and that my friends, is something to celebrate. Our mornings have become much better ever since I’ve made a few simple changes. During weekdays, I have made a rule that our kids can’t watch tv in the morning and we eat oatmeal for breakfast. These two easy rules have made a huge difference!
So today, I managed to shower, get ready, blow-dry AND style my hair, play with the kids, hold them, prepare for work and get the kids ready just in time without any kind of conflict. Everyone brushed their teeth for 2 minutes and my daughter even changed her outfit once. No raisin my voice, solving of arguments or having to rush them. Mornings like these really make me feel super empowered and leave me with good energy for the entire day. So, in case you welcome some easiness into your mornings, here are my best tips:
1.No screen time
2. Same breakfast every weekday. Then, go nuts in the weekends with crispy waffles, omelets and smoothies ;).
3. Dress the kids before breakfast. And oh, I let my children choose what they wear as long as it’s weather and situation appropriate, so no pajamas or role-play outfits :).
4. Check the weather and place the outerwear ready.
5. Last but least, be a time pessimist. Give yourself more time than you actually need, because with kids… You get the point, right?