Morning Routine: What’s your secret?! on

Did you promise yourself that this year, this year, back to school would also entail a super terrific, super perfected, super calm morning? Did you tell yourself that this year, this year, your morning routine would involve no scrambling, no rushing, no hysteria? Yah…. Oh, really? How’s that going for you? (Picture my smirk here).

Let’s face it, with our very busy schedules, and a household of kids (which includes good ol’ DH), we’re not likely to win Mother of the Year award for our morning routines, or lack thereof. But perhaps, with a little guidance from other moms in the trenches, we can certainly make it a little more manageable. Today, panelists Rebecca Woolf, Alice Bradley, and Mindy Roberts share details of their morning routines and offer each other tips on ways to make it a little less crazy.

See Also:

-Motherhood: It’s Hardest in the Mornings
Dawn of the Totally Exhausted: Why Moms are Like Zombies
-The Best and Worst thing About Back to School

6 Responses to Morning Routine: What’s your secret?! on

  1. Joy H October 4, 2010 at 11:37 am #

    Um……I’m soooo far removed from perfect. BUT so far, this year, a few things ARE working…….
    1) I MUST haul myself out of bed and not become slave to the snooze alarm.
    2) I MUST have coffee while I make lunches.
    3) I prep lunches (snacks, baggies of fruit, veggies, etc.) the night before in the fridge and ask what they want for sandwiches the night before
    4) I toss on sweats for the drop-off and get myself ready later.

    Add to that a neurotic 5th grader who MUST NOT be late and you have our morning shuffle.

  2. Nina October 4, 2010 at 11:43 am #

    My advice for the morning is a natural awakening:) But if there is no choice and your husband does not snore all the night, I recommend to wake up with your favorite music, do yoga for 15 min, eat a good meal and then, start the routine …

  3. Lea October 4, 2010 at 11:12 pm #

    I am working mom at home and honestly I am still in the process of adjustment because I am a mom with four kids.  It is really crazy and I am happy to hear those moms with their advice.

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  4. jMom October 5, 2010 at 6:39 am #

    I storyboard it for both kids. Seriously.

    My son is on the autism spectrum and we have a picture schedule for his morning routine. My daughter, who needs even more help than he does, made a picture scheduler with me for herself. Ther are posted on the wall in the kitchen/family room.

    Basically you break down the big steps needed to get ready and assign a picture to each step. Start with the out the door time, assign each picture a number of minutes to complete (that I enforce with the microwave timer in the kitchen), and when you get to the last step, you have your wakeup time.

    Sounds crazy, but it makes mornings much calmer. I don;t always have to do the timer now.

  5. MovinGal October 6, 2010 at 9:36 pm #

    I am a mom with three boys who are 7, 4 and almost 3.  They are so energetic in the mornings.  If I could bottle and sell that energy, I would be a rich woman.  In order to keep up with these guys, I have coffee or tea first.  We also have a magnetic responsibility chart for my oldest. It helps prevent me from nagging him every 2 minutes.  It works great!  I also have a closet organizer that has the days of the week labeled.  On Sunday, the boys and I fill it with what they will wear for the week.  This really helps with limiting choices.  (This is when having 3 boys helps-no fashionistas here) I also make the lunches and snacks the night before.  We still have a chaotic morning but these things have help to manage it.

  6. Briana October 6, 2010 at 9:43 pm #

    I am so unqualified for that mother of the year award considering our morning routines. I get up early but I can’t push the kids to get going… so we end up rushing every morning. They move slow, the eat slowly and I can’t even obliged them to help me with household chores. Kids now a day are so hard headed.

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