Anyone feel like mornings were invented to test us? I feel like that every time my alarm goes off. And the next 5 times I hit the snooze…
I am not a morning person. I’m convinced it is genetic. My Ma and I used to stay up late and watch Creep Show and Twilight Zone while everyone else was sleeping. As a child, no one wakes you up on purpose so I could get away with that back then. Now, not so much. I am still not a morning person but I have come to embrace my hatred toward dawn and try to channel it into other things like laundry.
Once you have kids, your mornings are never the same. No quiet coffee sipping while reading the paper (or reading your phone/iPad) or slowly picking out your outfit for the day.
It’s getting dressed in a hurry, making breakfast, gathering backpacks, making lunches. My house is in total chaos every morning. Throw in a young one with ADD that can’t do two things at once, especially before they have had their medication, and you have my life.
One piece of advice that EVERYONE has tried to give me is prepare the night before. That’s great advice, for a planner. I am not a planner. The only thing I am consistent about is being inconsistent. I tried getting everything together once, it was nice. It didn’t happen again the next day.
Night-before planning just doesn’t work for me.
One reason is that my life is not the same everyday. I have some things that occur every week, but each morning and night are not the same. Brooks travels for work but not the same schedule, or the schedule changes last minute.
My kids are 9 and 12 so they can do a bit for themselves but still need mom. Or maybe I enable them to stay young. Let’s now dwell on that one.
I also just decide to do something else and forget to do the things that will actually help me get through the next day. I am not an organized person so I stink at getting things together and gathered for the next day. Most nights I am just so exhausted that I don’t feel like it. Mostly the wine makes me forget to do them.
For most people, here is a list of ways to get organized and make your mornings better.
- Prepare all book bags the night before and place by the door.
- Sign all essential school papers the night before and store in folders in book bags.
- Prep school lunches after dinner so they are ready to go in the morning.
- Lay out school clothes including shoes and socks for the next day.
- Prep a nutritious breakfast ahead of time so you can cook in the morning or use Nature Valley Bistro Cups
Sounds like the perfect family and much like June Cleaver wrote this tidy little list.
Then there is me…
I only work part-time outside the house so my mornings are pretty flexible. No office meetings where I need to be in business casual right off the bat thankfully. Brooks, the hubs, is gone most mornings so I get by when and where I can.
This morning for example I got out of bed late, packed something for the kid’s lunches, not sure I covered even 2 of the 5 food groups but there was water, drove them to school wearing yoga pants, my oldest son’s socks, my youngest son’s t-shirt because that was what I pulled out the dryer first, and flip-flops.
Yes flip-flops and socks. It was chilly outside. My hair was in a ponytail and my face looked like a zombie with pneumonia. My only saving grace were the new Nature Valley Bistro Cups! My kids ate a warm breakfast of oatmeal, granted in the car, but they had full bellies when they got to school. I guess that makes up for the prison lunch they had to eat today.
Nature Valley Bistro Cups take less than two minutes to make and will keep you full until your next meal. With two flavors, everyone will be happy. I had the Brown Sugar Pecan and the kids opted for Apple Cinnamon like most do.
Plus making them in the to-go cups with disposable spoons made for easy clean-up! Here is coupon to get you started! I know to-go cups are not the best things to use, but I need to make it work sometimes just to get them to school on time. Isn’t that right moms?
If you want to see my fly-by-the-seat-of-your-yoga-pants-morning survival list read on.
I think this is closer to real life!
5 tips for surviving a morning in the Stewart house:
- Make sure you have coffee/tea at least 5 minutes before you wake the kids. It helps with the running around you will be doing 5 minutes after they wake up.
- Always have a ponytail holder or hat in your car so you can hide your Medusa hair before you get close to the school. Or you can illegally tint your windows so no one can see inside.
- Always keep your spare set of car keys in the same place so you can use those when you can’t find your regular set while you are running around looking for your child’s left shoe.
- Keep a set of dry toothbrushes/toothpaste and a bottle of water in the car for those dirty teeth emergencies.
- #Brewyourbreakfast in a to-go cup and keep plastic spoons in your glove box so you can feed your children on the way to school. Also keep extra lunch money in there too for when you forget to pack lunches.
When you get done dropping them off, come home and crash on the couch for 30 minutes. That makes the day go much better.
I know this list is not helpful for the mom’s that work outside the home as you can’t show up to work in your pajamas and a hat. I applaud and envy you if you can get your kids to school and go straight to work looking refreshed complete with make-up and accessories. I forget what that looks like.
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