There are many things to love about parenting — but the crazy mornings are certainly not one of them.
Well, if you’re tired of chasing your kids around the house before school every morning, then organizational expert Bridget Johns is here to help.
Writing for 9Honey, the mother explained how she had started “hating the sound of [her] own voice” yelling at the children at the beginning of each day.
To counteract this, Bridget – founder of Be Simply Free – developed a whole new system to make sure her little ones are ready for the day.
She wrote: “I made a list of all the things the kids need to do each morning (and each night) and taped it to the fridge to mark it over when it was done.
“Now I can see where they are at a glance. When things are a little slow, I can just say, ‘Where are you on your list?’ to get them to act.”
To make your mornings more efficient, the mom said, you need to assess where things go slightly pear-shaped and “stop, focus, and notice” what you could be doing better.
She explained: “If mornings are stressful for you, stop doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different outcome.
“Focus on what is actually happening. Write it down. Talk to your partner and your children. Hold a family reunion and explain how the morning feels for you.
In addition, the mother urged other parents to make some much-needed time for me at the beginning of each day before going into “mother mode.”
For Bridget, that means getting up a little earlier than her kids and starting the day with a quiet coffee or a podcast.
To avoid morning meltdowns, the mum also stressed the importance of having time buffers in case things don’t quite go to plan.
She added: “In our house, the kids have a list of chores to do. Once they’re done, they can go play and do whatever they want. The faster the tasks are completed, the faster they can play.”
Finally, the mother urged other parents to lighten their workloads and involve their children in packing lunch boxes.
She added: “We have a lunchbox formula that they follow. You must have two pieces of fruit, two vegetables, a sandwich (or something substantial like leftovers), and a snack.”
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