School mornings can be a lot of challenge. You probably feel like you’re running a race when you wake up in the morning, try to feed and dress up everyone, all while preparing school lunches and reviewing your other to-dos for the day. Guess what? It doesn’t have to be stressful. Here are some techniques you can apply to start your every day with zero stress.
#1 Boost everyone’s mood with music
They say upbeat music can alter a person’s mood. The same can be applied in your household. When you’re just about to start the day, play some feel-good music that will get not just you, but your entire family dancing happily—or at least just perked up. It makes for a great start to your day!
#2 Prepare what you can the night before
If your time permits, offload yourself every morning by planning the night before. Is your child’s packed lunch something you can prep already and preheat in the morning? Can you iron your husband’s clothes even before you go to sleep? This way, you get to take some things off your mind by the time you wake up and you can really focus on attending to other important things like dressing up your child.
#3 Create a breakfast plan weekly
One of the sources of a parent’s stress could be not knowing what to feed the family. By creating a breakfast plan on a weekly basis, you’re able to anticipate what food to have, shop the ingredients, and determine how much time preparation will require. You can see which meals can be grab-and-go and which ones your family members really need to eat together. Your kids are also able to tell which breakfast they really want. This will then prevent your family from wasting unwanted food.
#4 Get enough sleep
This is beneficial not only for you but for your kids too. Ensure that everyone in the family is getting enough sleep because it contributes to a person’s overall well-being and mood. You will notice that kids tend to get crankier if they’re not able to sleep well. You may also feel a bit ill if you didn’t have enough sleep, which can cause your mood to spiral down in the morning.
#5 Encourage your child to be independent
Instead of spoon feeding everything your kids need, why don’t you teach them to take care of themselves? Teach them how to dress up on their own or prepare their own breakfast. Let them pack their own bag and check if they still need anything. Teach your children to be responsible for their own needs as early as now.
#6 Create a fun checklist for everyone
Don’t carry the burden of preparing everything. You can turn this into a fun experience for everyone by creating a checklist that will serve as everyone’s guide in getting things done in the morning. Assign some tasks your kids can take care of while you look after the other items. This way, you’re not only showing them how to do things on their own, you’re also teaching them the value of teamwork.