Is it me, or is everyone mom running around in the morning like an angry heavy breathing football quarterbacks barking out one word orders? Eat! Change! Backpacks! Hurry! Run! No matter what I do in the morning to get the boys up and out the door for school it always ends up like this and by the time I drop them off I am hoarse, wiped, and dreading the repeat for the next morning.
This year, I am implementing five ways to avoid the “morning battle” and get out the door to school, so far (and not to mention surprisingly) we’ve been on track.
Now this is not a new for us and yes, there are a few times when we have made exceptions to the rule, but there is nothing better to lose track of time by turning the television on and waiting for an argument to ensue when having to turn it off and get everyone moving.
What to wear.
I reserve this task for Sundays, and it has worked for years. The boys have a Monday to Friday clothing organizer where the outfit for that particular day is worn without question. Lately, they have been selecting and filling the organizers by themselves (bonus!) under my watchful eye of course, since no one needs to be wearing shorts mid winter.
The lunch crunch!
This is a new addition to my weekend To Do, and so far has shaved some of the rush and stress of packing lunches. I have been cutting up Tupperware’s of fruits and veggies; putting out the water bottles, lids, and lunch boxes on the counter the night before. A huge time saver to not have to think about these small details.
I am guilty of being an “email and News checker” in the morning. It is a complete time suck and contributes to the morning stress to get out of the door. I now only check my email after I’ve dropped everyone off, and will only listen to the news as I am getting dressed, if it has to be read, it has to wait until drop off is over.
The extra “stuff”.
Given the season this is most helpful since we have hats, gloves, snow pants, etc. to take. I assign one person to pack lunches into backpacks and the other to literally lay out on the floor all three jackets, boots, and other winter accessories in a line. This includes homework, books, balls, show and tell, whatever it is, it needs to be in the line. They line up in front of the their pile, get dressed and out the door. Military I know, but seems to be working well.
So far we have some how managed to make it work, although there are still some days of “morning battles”, we have had more happy mornings than not. We’ll see how long we can last!