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8 Tips For Cutting The Morning Madness
By: MarylandWahm

Frazzled, grumpy and running late. Does this sound like a typical morning in your household?

A simple way to relieve stress and streamline your families morning routine is to prepare what you can the night before.

Check out the 8 tips below:

1.) Bathe The Day Away - Encouraging children to bathe before bedtime can be a huge time saver. Not only can it cut down on bathroom time in the morning, but it can also help them unwind, sleep easier and maybe even a little later.

2.) Early To Bed, Early To Rise - Set an age appropriate bedtime that allows 8-10 hours of sleep for each child, and Stick To It! Hitting the sack at 10:00 one night and 7:30 the next can be tough on their little bodies.

Well rested kids tend to be more cooperative and alert in the morning, and as a result, they get ready and out the door faster. Why start off the day locking horns with cranky kids (especially when you’ve got a case of the crankies) if you don’t have to?

If all else fails, put their alarm clock on the other side of the room so that they have to get up to turn it off. (Insert wicked mommy laugh here… Moo-ha-ha)

3.) Mom, Get Your Rear In Gear! - Consider getting a jump start on your morning routine before your children are awake. You will have plenty of time to get showered, dressed, and maybe even squeeze in a cup of coffee before anyone needs your attention. Use this quiet time to collect your thoughts and prepare for the day ahead.

4.) Pack Those Sacks -  Encourage school aged children to pack their schoolbags somewhere between completing their homework and bedtime.

This is also a good time to…

*Pack money for lunch/field trips
*Record important school events on the Family Calendar
*Replenish supplies
*Sign permission slips, notes, etc.

You can even go as far as having them put their backpacks at the front door where they’ll be ready and waiting for them in the morning. Just grab and go!

5.) Pre-pack Lunches - Preparing and packing lunches the night before can save you a ton of time and stress the following morning. Everyone can easily grab what they need from the fridge that morning and head straight for the door.

6.) Pre-select Clothes - Get kids in the habit of picking out their school clothes each night before bed. Make sure they include everything from socks, undies, accessories and yes, shoes. Honestly, can you even count how many times you've been late because someone was searching for a shoe? Plus you get the “What to Wear Wars” out of the way and plenty of time to deal with rips, wrinkles, or anything else that could cause a morning meltdown (theirs & yours).

7.) Set The Breakfast Table - Take a few minutes after dinner to make a quick mental note of what to prepare for breakfast and set the table accordingly. Whether you’re a “just add hot water” kind of family or egg scramblers, keep it simple during the week. Save the freshly squeezed O.J. and homemade cinnamon rolls for the weekend. lol

8.) Stagger Wake-Up Times - Staggering wake-up times can be especially helpful if you are limited to one bathroom, have more than one child, have a large family, or all of the above. This technique really helps to cut down on traffic jams and bottle necks.

By making just a few small changes in your normal daily routine, you’ll save yourself a ton of stress and get your family out the door prepared and on time.

Article courtesy of A Mom's Guide To Starting A Home Business in Maryland.

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