Ease Morning Struggles and Make Your Day Better
It’s true that the morning sets the stage for the rest of the day so wouldn’t it make sense to start the day out as pleasantly and stress-free as possible? Well, I’m here to tell you that you can—and should—create an action plan that will greatly increase the likelihood of this seemingly-elusive great start. This is especially important if you have kids and it’s an absolute no-brainer if even a single one of those kids is not a morning person.
With the proper home time management mindset you can create those stress-free mornings you desire, dream of, and deserve.
When I was a little kid my mother had a double-whammy with me each morning. I hated—beyond words—to get out of bed in the morning. Then, of course, I hated what she’d picked out for me to wear. Talk about starting the day off on the wrong foot!
As a teen I still hated to get out of bed and always stayed way past when I should have which left me scrambling to find clothes and always rushed. I didn’t like getting up, didn’t like what I was forced to wear due to a lack of preparation time, didn’t like my siblings and parents…all of which intensified my dislike for the long bus ride from my rural house.
Yeah, my day, and the day of all those around me, was already ruined.
When I had kids of my own I managed to remember those horrible days and make things a lot easier on myself by doing things a lot different. Here are some tried and true methods to ease your morning problems.
Ease Morning Struggles Tip #1: Their Baths/Showers
Let them decide if they want to shower in the morning or the evening but then make sure they follow through. For instance, if your child puts off bathing at night and says they’ll shower in the morning yet they resist getting out of bed (like I did), insist they perform that necessary task at night instead. Then that will be one less thing to worry about in the morning.
If your child is the type who loves bathing then maybe the prospect of getting another shower/bath will get them up and going in the morning.
Ease Morning Struggles Tip #2: Picking Out Their Clothes
Let them decide what they wanted to wear but have them pick out their outfit the night before. That way they don’t end up walking out the door wearing plaid and stripes. They can take their time and try on different outfits and accessories. Yeah, taking care of this major task the night before in a major morning time-saver.
Also, for younger children, make sure they have seasonally appropriate clothes in reaching distance. There’s nothing more time-wasting than a kid who really, really has their heart set wearing shorts to school in winter. Trust me, for some strange reason it takes 10X longer for them to redress in appropriate clothes.
These are two of the changes that have worked for many parents, including myself, to get themselves and their kids ready for the next day which will…in turn…ease those morning struggles.
And when you ease morning struggles you make the day better for all those around you.
Mary Segers B.S., MSW
Your Home Time Management Expert and Coach
Helping You Reach Your Home Time Management Goals
… One Step at a Time
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