P.S. Morning time, I need more TIME!!!
I was thinking about each of you today as I drank my morning cup of tea; especially on my heart were parents of infant through school age children. The mornings can be really tough and brutal for some parents. Sometimes it can almost seem as a physical obstacle just to get through the basic routine and to work on time. Sometimes as parents we just need a few added minutes to the day to ensure all gets done. What you wouldn’t do for an extra 15-20 minutes added to your morning!!! The good news is, you can and there is a way to add those minutes to your time each day. Here are a few tips and strategies that you can apply to achieve this:
1) lay your child(ren)’s clothes out the night before. If they are a toddler and need extra clothes, place these in their book bag OR if you have an infant, place extra diapers in the diaper bag along with a few clothing items. You never know when your little one might have an accident and you want to be prepared so you don’t receive that dreaded call when you are working that your child is in need of more clothes! (Yes, I say this with personal experience with even my little one in preschool, believe me, I totally get this one!)
2) Pack all snacks and lunches the night before where you can. Even if it’s not the peanut butter and jelly sandwich, you can still pack the fruit, veggies, extras in baggies or in the lunch box to shed off a few minutes of your time.
3) Be sure that any additional items, homework, etc. are packed in your child’s bag the night before.
4) Have an idea the night before of what you are going to wear in the morning.
5) Get ready the night before yourself, especially if you take awhile getting ready in the morning. Maybe at least showering the night before will add a few extra minutes to your schedule in the morning.
6) If you are a coffee drinker, set your timer to the coffee the night before if you have that option.
7) Go to bed 10-15 minutes earlier so that you are able to get up 10-15 minutes earlier in the morning. You are still getting a rested sleep and the same number of hours of sleep as before. Remember we are looking for ways to add time to our morning.
8) If you live in a cold state like our family does, I find it helpful even as you get ready to go warm up the car ahead and to make that a daily habit. This way, by the time you load the kids, the snow, frost, and ice are defrosted off your vehicle and the engine is warmed up ready for you to drive to work, school, etc.
9) If your kids are a bit older, have them help you by delegating tasks. Most kids can help gather last minute clothing, breakfast, or take the dog outside before leaving.
10) If you know it’s going to be an extra busy day, maybe finding a breakfast casserole recipe or a crock pot meal you can have prepped the night before to put in the oven or crockpot at night or early morning as you get up to get ready will also shed some time. Most oven recipes do not take more than an hour to 1.5 hours and are perfect to eat before you leave or to wrap up and take in the vehicle as you start your day.
I hope these tips are a time saver and help you get a few moments of your day back! If you have any questions on what was discussed today, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, find us on Facebook @ Tara Cherie, or find us online at www.taracherie.org! Until next time…..