Mornings in our house used to be chaos – it didn’t matter that the kids got up before 6 (most often before 5:30am) each morning and we didn’t have to leave to walk to school till 8:15am but somehow I was getting stressed and going into shouting mode each day to get two kids and me out the door, hubby off to work and the dog walked.

Make mornings easier - get ready for 5 a simple strategy to help destress your morning routine with kids

So we’ve added some simple strategies to make mornings easier first off is our ready for 5 the kids love this as they get to SHOUT as they get themselves ready. We’ve spent a lot of time playing our inside out, back to front, wrong foot game and this has helped to develop both J and T’s independence combined with our getting clothes ready the night before we’re all set to start the day making mornings easier for me and less shouting at them.

Ready for 5

Make sure that your kids can get ready independently or at least try their best and prepare the clothes for the day ahead before, this will really help your mornings run smoother and if like us you have a uniform for school so much easier – preschool days for us are a little bit more difficult as T doesn’t have a uniform but we’re still setting out clothes for preschool the night before.

Ready for 5 means that as the kids complete one of 5 things they shout the number – as it gets to 5 I know that things are done and breakfast needs to be ready for the kids and us to sit down together.

The 5 things don’t have to be complicated or even require much effort but it helps them become more independent reducing my stress as well as letting me know timings for our breakfast. Our ready for 5

  1. Bedroom toys away
  2. Brush Teeth
  3. Wash face
  4. Get dressed
  5. Bed Made

Bedroom toys away is because we’re trying to encourage the kids to stay in their room until a “reasonable” time reasonable being 6am in our house as that’s when hubby gets up for the day so the kids play with toys in their room – when the alarms go off their first task is get the toys away and their room tidier.

Each of them has started a simple chore before school and then a couple of others in the afternoon helping around the house and their morning chore is Bed Made – we’re working on getting it right and I go and straighten up afterwards when I’m sorting out the house during the day but it’s the start of handing over more responsibility to the kids as they get older.

By the time they’ve both shouted 5 I’ve got toast in the toaster and they are down stairs helping us set the table for breakfast to sit down as a family reducing the stress of a panicked get ready is everything done and “OH NO” is that tooth paste on your face, as we’re half way to school, mornings that we had previously.

Make mornings easier - get ready for 5 a simple strategy to help destress your morning routine with kids

Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

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