Having three kids six and under comes with its many challenges but it’s the mornings that left me with my hair standing on end and a twitching eye for the rest of the day. Whether you have three kids, one child or five, the morning can reach high levels of craziness.
I slept until the latest possible hour I could, hitting snooze every ten minutes and telling the kids to go watch TV until I came down. From the moment I sat up my mood went from bad to worse. I dragged my tired self to the shower then spent the rest of the morning running from getting dressed to making breakfast and packing lunches; all the while yelling at the kids to hurry up. My breakfast time had been swapped with the last snooze I hit and sitting down to scroll through Instagram while I sipped my coffee, turned into drinking it in the car at each set of traffic lights.
I sat in the car and felt really ashamed of myself. Jack was freaking out asking every minute how late we were, I was late taking Eva to preschool and Franklin was munching on a banana because I ran out of time to give him his cereal. I was tired, grumpy, annoyed and completely frazzled by the last hour. Something had to change and that something was me.
I went home and wrote out a morning routine. I also made a list on the whiteboard of the jobs I needed to complete before going to bed instead of doing them in the morning and adding to the chaos, for example the dishes washed and kitchen tidied.
We needed to be out of the house at 8am so decided to start setting my alarm for 6:15am giving me 30 minutes to get ready on my own and sneak downstairs to enjoy a coffee and do something for myself such as yoga or a quick work out. By the time the kids each started making their way downstairs, I had packed lunches, made breakfast and organised clothes. I was still tired but my mood couldn't have been better. My kids are not perfect sleep to 7:30am children so on our much earlier days, the workout gets the flick and we watch ABC Kids. Thank God for ABC Kids! TV in the morning and you're a teacher? If that is that what you might be thinking, my answer is yes, I'm not perfect, I'm a mum and would prefer to stay sane. Peppa Pig and Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom are like my morning version of a glass of wine or block of chocolate!
My decision to get up that extra bit earlier changed the course of my day. There was no rush to do anything and the kids were so much happier because I could stop and look at Eva’s picture properly, I could listen to Jack practice his spelling words and I had plenty of time to feed Franklin a proper breakfast. I feel like a better person and a much nicer mum.
Here are a few tips to help our mornings run smoothly. I would love you to hear yours too!
- On Sunday night make all the sandwiches for the week, labelling what they are and put them in the freezer.
- Take out clothes the night before and teach your children to dress themselves
- Make a snack tin for the fridge and cupboard and either you or the kids grab one from each to add to their lunch along with a piece of fruit.
- Make a large bowl of porridge to divide between the kids and each week change what you add to it e.g. blueberries and brown sugar or banana and honey.
- Do any extra home jobs like washing clothes or loading the dishwasher before you go to bed.
Stay organised to stay sane. Sleep is overrated anyway (said no one ever) x