It’s been one week since Hudson went back to school, and I forgot how crazy things get! We were a bit off of our routine, but now things are falling back into place. So today I have 4 tips to start your weekday off right!
1. Prep the Night Before: Everyone should know this one by now. It is HUGE! Whatever you can get done at night.. do it. For us, it means setting out Hudson’s school uniform and I try to pick out my clothes for work as well. Also, I prep and chop veggies for everyone’s lunch, and plan what we will have for dinner, in case I need to take stuff out of the freezer and put it in the fridge. I make sure homework and school papers are in his backpack and ready to go.
2. Rise & Shine: If your kids wake up in a good mood, your morning will be easier. This is a fact. So do what you can to make that happen. Hudson is a total grouch in the morning. So I start waking him up earlier, so he has time. (I mean, I don’t like to jump right out of bed, either) I will go in his room while its still dark and whisper “Good Morning, Sunshine!” I will tell him what a beautiful, fun day he has to look forward to. Then I will ask if he is still tired, to which he always says, “Yes.” Then I tell him he can sleep for 5 for minutes. When I go back in, I open one of his window shades to let some natural light in. The little bit of extra time is worth it, I think everyone likes to ease into the day!
3. Don’t stress out: We all have days when we are late. Try to take a deep breath and don’t stress out. If you woke up late, don’t take it out on the kids. Yelling at them to get ready faster because your alarm didn’t go off isn’t fair. Just do the best you can to rush out the door, but try to stay calm.
4. Breakfast is Important: A good breakfast will help you start your day off right. Which is why I always have some quick, to-go options for days when we are rushed. For me, I’ll make a smoothie or grab my coffee along with some fruit & greek yogurt. For Hudson, I have been really loving the Super Nutrition Shakes from Happy Family. Each shake contains 8 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber and 21 vitamins and minerals, so I know he is getting a good ‘meal’ that will keep him full until lunch. He can drink them in the car on the way to school… or chug it quickly before we leave. Last week, he wanted to ride his bike to school, but we had to rush out the door if we wanted to make it to his class in time… and he hadn’t had breakfast yet, so I grabbed a shake and we were on our way!
What are some tips & tricks you use to make your mornings easier and start your day off right?