Are you waking up in the morning, thinking…
What am I going to feed my kids today?
Or what fun activities can we do?
How am I going to finish all my household chores?
I know a lot of mums ask these questions before they go to bed or even when they wake up in the morning, which makes them worried or stressed out at the beginning of the day!
Don’t worry mums! I’ve got your back!
Let me share with you my top 5 morning routine hacks for all mums this 2021! These genius hacks will not only make your mornings easier but also simpler, worry-free and less stressful.
- Establish a wake-up time for your kids.
You know that your ‘battle’ starts when your kids are unable to wake up early before going to school. Well, for younger kids, this is not a problem, but for our school kids who just want to “sleep in” like almost the whole day. But what you can do is create a wake-up routine. You can set up an alarm, let’s say 7 am in the morning every day. In this way, your kids’ biological clock would remember and adjust that at 7 am, they are to be up and moving. It’s pretty tough, mums, if you’re just starting to establish a routine. But the secret here is to be consistent and to be patient with them.
- Create a morning routine chart for your kids.
In creating your morning routine chart, you need to establish a plan of activities that your kids are to do each morning and then pop them on your morning routine chart. Make sure this is accessible to your kids and that they can tick things off as they go. There are several ways that you can create a morning routine chart (blackboard, white board, sticker chart etc) and the more creative you get, the more your children will be enticed to try it out for themselves. The important thing is, you need to be clear of the morning activities and in what order they should do these activities. This way, they will eventually adjust to the everyday morning routines without you always telling them what to do.
- Prepare school lunches the night before.
Admit it, mums. We hate packing school lunches in the morning! The last thing that you want to do whilst prepping breakfast, whipping your coffee and getting your kids dressed for school, is to pack each of your children’s lunches. So instead of adding this to your list of to do’s in the morning, try to pack your kids’ lunch at night. This way, you won’t have to worry about forgetting to pack their lunches or consuming so much of your valuable morning time. You can also teach your kids to pack their own lunches. A win-win situation, don’t you think?
- Prepare to-go food portions.
To easily prepare your kids’ packed lunches, you can pre-make ready-to-go snacks and pre-portioned sides. You put a mix of sides and snacks in your fridge and pantry. For instance, you can put a selection of pre-cut fruit and vegetables like grapes, apples, melons, carrots, cherry tomatoes, and cheese sticks. For your pantry, you can keep various snacks like raisins, granola bars, trail mix, crackers, and other snacks that your kids would love. The goal here is that when you prepare your kids’ packed lunches, you can easily grab what you need to go quickly without compromising the health and taste of the lunch.
- Create a backpacking area or a command centre.
Now for my last hack, which is a cool one, you need to have a designated space or area where all your kid’s backpacks, sports bags, extracurricular bags and other belongings are located. This will make it easier for you and for them to pack faster and easier. Like any other superheroes, allow your children to have their Command Centre so they would feel more excited to pack their things, organise their belongings and pack lunches for school. You can even provide a space where you put the morning routine charts and family calendars. And what’s great about this area is that you can customise and design it into something that your kids would feel comfortable with, personalised, and fun.
Just like what John Maxwell said,
“You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.”
I would love to hear your thoughts on these steps. Please feel free to leave a comment below. Thanks for reading.