Holding onto a job is a strenuous task in itself without getting family tangled up in the mix. However, we will eventually find ourselves in situations where those two worlds decide to collide: in the morning. Naturally, morning routines tend to be hectic, with everything getting set up and our brains trying to take as much out of that first sip of coffee as humanly possible before attempting a multitasking nightmare. Work preparation is annoying, let’s not kid ourselves and having a kid thrown in the mix…well, there are just some things we need to figure out before we lose it.
#1. Quick and easy
Breakfast. Everyone needs one, it’s almost always going to end up being your responsibility unless your spouse is feeling extra generous that day. Think of meals that are quick and easy to make or precook food like waffles and freeze them. This will take a usually messy and time-consuming task take up just a few minutes of our times, shaving off precious seconds as we move on to the next item on our checklist before heading out. As for quick meals, eggs are always a simple solution, just pop ‘em in the pan and give it a few minutes, season them and they’re ready to go.
#2. Get a schedule
Let’s face it, there’s a lot we need to get done in the morning before setting out for work, all of this stress can make it hard to think clearly and we’re almost certainly going to forget something. To avoid this, consider creating a schedule. This doesn’t mean we’re required to plan out every single part of our day, but a simple excel spreadsheet or a checklist on a piece of paper can do wonders. This can help us stay on track and make sure we tick every box before locking the door and moving on to the next part of our day.
#3. Learn easy hairstyles for girls
Having a girl comes with a very special morning hurdle – the hairdo. Naturally, they want mommy to help them and there’s just so many times a simple ponytail will work. Your child won’t consider that you didn’t even get time to manage your own hair and will just expect results, this is why it is imperative that we master simple hairstyles that can be spruced up in no time. This will help keep a tight bond between us and our daughters and will help us not come in late every time little Jill wants to experiment with her hair.
#4. Make a DIY first aid kit
This is generally something that is useful in general but considers making one, especially for morning routines. Keep a nice makeup bag in a drawer somewhere, fill it up with all the go-to medicine you’d need. Bandages, disinfectant, iodine, painkillers etc. All of these can come in handy early in the morning; we’re in a rush, our kids are in a rush, we’re bound to get a scrape or a cut somewhere. This will help train both us and our children of what to go for when something’s wrong and will minimize the time that passes between sustaining an injury and getting it treated.
#5. Lead by example
Simply put, we need to show our kids what’s expected of them. If we never do the things we expect them to, they will perceive any task they’re given as unfair. Get a morning routine going, teach them to mimic you; that means washing up, brushing their teeth etc. Make sure to do regular checkups, regular visits to clinics like the Greenvale Dental Group will help teach them about tooth decay and motivate them to keep brushing. This will do wonders for your routine as you’ll be able to skip the 15-20 minute argument about the importance of brushing.
#6. Line everything up beforehand
Last but certainly not least, line everything up before heading off to sleep. However difficult it might be, and it will – it’s a genuine lifesaver. This doesn’t just mean figuring out what we’re going to be wearing tomorrow, oh no, it means we have to lay out everyone’s clothes and apparel. Thankfully, after a few times, this will turn into a habit for your kids so you’ll just end up having to work on yours and check on theirs before hitting the sack. Having everything ready for us means we just take 1 minute to get ready and we’re all set for work.
Don’t give up
We’ve all been there, we’ve all had the same thought about just giving up and embracing the stay-at-home mom lifestyle. But, truth be told, if you’re reading this, you’ve already made your decision, you just needed some encouragement and tips to make it easier. Being a working mother isn’t easy and it isn’t for everyone, but with a good plan and some nifty tricks on how to boost our morning performance, we’ll be ready to take on the world – the sky is the limit.
About The Author:
Chloe Smith is a cycling enthusiast, business consultant, and a part-time writer always willing to share tidbits of advice. She believes that passion, courage and, above all, knowledge breed success.