How to Stop the Morning Madness!

We’ve all been there, the alarm goes off, you hit snooze for the second time and then roll over and see the time is 15 minutes later than you wanted. 

You start barking orders at your children, they get up grumpy and slowly make their way to the bathroom and mooch around there not really doing anything and by this time you are going out of your mind because the clock keeps ticking on. 

Here are some handy tips to get your mornings running more smoothly and without a hiccup.

1: This is where you need to set reminders on your phone to get you into your bed. However you choose, alarms, reminders, sticky notes, you need to bring your bedtime earlier. 

2: Get everything organised the night before. This means setting out the kids clothes, shoes, jackets and everything else they need to have a super fun day the NIGHT BEFORE. Here is one such invention that could help: The Weekly Wardrobe. This has helped many kids get themselves dressed in the mornings without all the hassle, stress and shouting. 

3: Give them independence. They can do more! (If you let them, that is) Giving over responsibility is a hard one, not only are you giving them the control to manage themselves and their morning routines, but you are also giving your power away...or so it may seem. You are actually giving them a little sneaky peek at what independence feels like. AND that my friend is GOLD! 

You want your child to become an adult who knows what to do later in life. 

“It’s important for children to strive for independence through small daily tasks.”

Maria Montessori

Natural Consequences

If they decide to wear something crazy like thin pyjamas / ballerina outfit / swimming costume and arm bands on a cold day, let them know you think it’s not the greatest idea and let them see for themselves what happens.

This is what experts call ‘natural consequences’ and is important for them to take responsibility for their actions. 

Nothing terrible will come of them but they might learn an important lesson of dressing appropriately for the weather. It’s good to learn these difficult life lessons early on so they can get a huge cuddle from their mummy when they learn new things. 

Quick Tips (from one mad house to another):

  1. Set a decent bedtime for you and your child.
  2. Wake early enough to have a quiet time, coffee and fill your cup!
  3. Surprise your children with rewards for getting things done on time. Have something little waiting in the car that you can give them on the way to school. Or, put a special treat or snack in their lunchbox.
  4. Let them hear you bragging to your husband, or someone else about how great they did getting ready in the morning.

Have your things done – The Weekly Wardrobe filled, lunches made, car loaded – before your kids get up. Have the basics gathered the night before – all their clothes ready, socks and shoes in the Weekly Wardrobe. 

Start the day in a cool, calm and collected way.

That’s it. Let the peaceful power of parenting wash over you.....Every. Single. Morning .

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