Came across a great post on reducing stress in the morning. Here's a clip:
I know first hand how stressful school day mornings can be. At the time of this writing, we are getting back into the school day routine. Some parents dread the start of school. All they see is grumpy kids, angry parents, and late arrivals.
A few years ago, that was a typical morning for us. We decided enough was enough. We sat down to diagnose the problem. You know what we discovered? We were the reason for most of the stress. We had not set up our kids or our schedule for success.
It is kind of like taking a 2 year old to the grocery store in the afternoon instead of letting him have a nap. Is his bad behavior in the grocery store entirely his fault?
Here are some simple routines we started to have a stress-free school day morning.
1. Prepare the Night Before
Stress free school day morningMy wife is great at preparing. It is her strength. She has the kids’ clothes ready to go. We also have created a place for all the book bags to be hung by the door to the garage (see pic). This eliminates the need to do last-minute searching for the kids’ book bags. What can you do the night before that will eliminate a to do from your morning routine?