We’ve all been there on a weekday morning – the alarm goes off and you hit the snooze button, telling yourself you’ll ‘just take another two minutes.’ Before you know it, you wake up to the realisation that you have only 30 minutes to get yourself and the kids ready for school and out the door (this happens to me, more regularly than I care to admit – what can I say, I’m not a morning person!). First and foremost, don’t panic. Here’s what you can do to get yourselves out on time.
30 minutes to go
Even though it’s easy to get into a panic when that 30-minute mark hits, it’s still important to get in a quick cuddle with your kids before the morning rush starts. It’ll put your little ones in the right mood and set them up for a good day. While you’re there, remember that staying calm will help everyone get through the morning easier, both for you and the kids.
Once you’re up and on the move, try playing some of the kids’ favourite music to get the energy up – there’s nothing worse than a super groggy little one that moves at a snail’s pace to get the morning panic on the rise. If you’re dancing your way through your routine, it can also become a fun activity and less of a chore.
Start with the brushing tasks – remember both teeth and hair. If you’ve got a few little ones to assist with getting ready in the morning, it’ll help to have them trade off tasks that need your involvement. While one is brushing their teeth, you can be helping the other brush their hair. Once they’re done, swap. Traffic jam averted.
20 minutes to go
The next ten minutes can be devoted to getting dressed. Ideally everyone’s clothes – shoes included – will be set out the night before so you won’t have to spend unnecessary time finding a matching pair of socks or clean school skirts.
The same goes for making sure everyone’s clothes are up to snuff. If you’re in a rush, there’s really no time to even contemplate ironing and spot cleaning, much less actually do them. To avoid any last minute crises, there are clothing options that were basically designed for last minute morning rushes, like these Tu skirts with permanent pleats that completely negate the need for any last-minute prep work.
Take these last few minutes to get breakfast sorted. Ideally, you’ll have time to whip up something quick and last-minute, but if worse comes to worse you can always grab a handful of breakfast bars and some fruit for everyone to nibble in the car.
10 minutes to go
While the kids are eating breakfast, use these last few minutes to get your own outfit together. If you need to, throw your own toothbrush and some toothpaste into your handbag to take care of it at work. Adults are much better at getting ready on the go than potentially grumpy little ones.
Once everyone’s ready to fly – even if breakfast isn’t finished, there’s very little that can’t be taken in the car – it’s time to put on shoes and grab backpacks. Like we said earlier, ideally, everything will be laid out the night before and next to the door so that you can grab what you need and go. Hop into the car and then – you’re off!
So, how did you do? Practice makes perfect, so don’t get down if you and the kids were a little late. There’s always next time!