Having an efficient family morning schedule is the easiest way to get everyone where they need to be on time with minimal effort. When people know what’s expected of them it becomes easier to form good habits and, let’s face it, anything that takes away decision making before coffee is a Good Thing.
Getting Out of Bed
- Make sure everyone is getting enough sleep. Kids up to the age of 12 should have 10-11 hours every night, while teenagers need at least nine, and adults should get at least seven. Use an alarm clock that requires effort to switch off. I put my son’s across the other side of the room. It beeps until he gets up and pushes the button to turn it off. Set the alarm ten minutes earlier than necessary.
- Get the kids showered/bathed the night before
- Lay out clothing the night before – that goes for grown-ups
- Write out, or draw for little ones, a checklist of what they need to do
- Limit breakfast choices to one or two cereals, or cereal and toast – whatever works for you
- Have a treat breakfast on Friday. It’s a nice way to help motivate tired children towards the kitchen
- Get crockery ready the night before so you’re not frantically washing up bowls and spoons
- With your kids’ input, make a weekly lunch plan
- Keep a stash of snacks for fast packing
- Make extra pasta or rice at dinner and use it for salads as a change from sandwiches
Getting out the Door
- Put a checklist by the front door to help kids take responsibility for their items
- Pack bags the night before
- Keep items used daily in the same place eg: keys, handbags, school shoes
Tweak your routine until you’ve got one that works for you and your family. 15 minutes spent getting organised the night before (you can do it in the ads when you’re watching TV) will save you an enormous amount of time and aggro the following morning.