By Elizabeth Pantley
Are your mornings
rushed, chaotic and disorganized? Then it's time to get control
and make morning a good start to a wonderful day! When your morning
activities run smoothly, and you're out the door on time it can
make your whole day feel better. To create a peaceful morning routine,
follow these steps:
your morning - at night!
real key to smoothing out your morning is to prepare as much as
you can the night before. This means choosing the day's clothing,
packing lunches, gathering homework, signing permission slips and
setting the table for breakfast.
the biggest wall calendar you can find and hang it in a central
location. Write down events and appointments for everyone. Use different
color marking pens to code items for easy reading. (As an example:
ball practice in red, carpool in green, doctors/dentists in purple)
Keep the calendar up to date and you'll be more organized!
a drop box
a labeled box for each family member by the door. Use this to store
shoes, keys, backpacks, coats and anything else that goes out the
door with you in the morning. Plastic tubs or decorated crates make
great drop boxes!
a morning list.
down and analyze a typical morning. Make a list of everything that
needs to be done. Create a poster-sized list of the standard morning
activities listed in order to be done:
you have a child who gets easily distracted and ignores the morning
chart - don't give up! Just make a small mini- size chart, laminate
it, put it on a chain and let your child wear it as his "morning
necklace"! Your part is to make a few gentle reminders, "How
are you doing on your chart this morning?"
out sleep time.
your child has trouble getting up in the morning and sticking to
his schedule take a look at what time he or she goes to bed. Without
adequate sleep a child won't be able to follow a morning routine
problems with a family meeting.
problems persist take the time to sit down with your children and
talk about it. Let everyone have a turn talking, and then work to
arrive at solutions that will benefit everyone.
up fifteen minutes earlier.
be amazed at the difference fifteen minutes can make to your morning,
it can mean a peaceful pace instead of a rushed frenzy. Try it!
your words of praise will encourage your children to continue to
meet their goals!
Reprinted by permission of Elizabeth Pantley, author of Parent
Tips, Perfect Parenting and Kid Cooperation -