Learn our favorite tips and tricks to streamline your working mom morning routine and help get everyone out the door on time.
A Morning Routine for Working Moms
I absolutely adore my children. However, I also really miss only being responsible for getting myself out the door on time in the morning. Before kids I was one of those people who considered “on time” as being late. After kids, ALL of that changed. If you struggle getting yourself and your kids out the door (with everything you need) this busy mom morning routine is for you!
If you are a working mom (like me) I am sure you are ready and willing to try anything to get your ducks in a row and out the door on time.
Over the past decade I have collected a number of tips and habits that help to calm the morning chaos.
Ready to see what they are?
Here are a handful of simple tips for your busy mom morning routine that will ensure a great start to your day:
1) Wake up before the kids
Listen up mama: Getting yourself dressed and ready to go before the kids are awake is a game changer.
While it may feel impossible to drag yourself out of bed earlier, this simple change will pay of big time.
When you are dressed and prepared to leave before you even wake them up it makes everything so much easier. Instead of feeling like you are running around trying to get everyone (including yourself) ready, you will be able to focus on helping them while knowing you are all set to go.
A mom who isn’t rushed or busy multi-tasking in the morning is modeling very important behaviors for her children. It will also create more time to interact positively and connect in the morning before you all go your separate ways.Lauren Tingley – Simply Well Balanced
2) Prep lunches ahead of time
One of my first posts was sharing how I prep a month’s worth of freezer ready uncrustables in just 30 minutes. This has been a huge time saver.
I also recommend keeping your kiddo’s favorite pre-packaged snacks that you can quickly toss into lunch bags that require zero prep:
- apple sauce
- cuties (mandarin oranges)
- cheese sticks
- baby carrots
- trail mix
Plus all these snacks do double duty because they are perfect for kids and adults.
Related Post: Easy After School Snacks that won’t Ruin Dinner
3) No electronics until everything else is done
Depending on your level of social media addiction this will be easier for some than others. No matter what, it will help to cut out wasted time from your morning routine.
Whether you are mindlessly scrolling through your feed or taking a quick minute to check your email, it’s sabotaging your goal of having a productive and calm morning.
Instead, get yourself ready and then schedule 10 minutes to check email, texts and social media before you wake up the kids.
4) Empty the dishwasher after dinner
Waking up to a full dishwasher increases the likelihood that you will just put any dishes from breakfast in the sink. Then, you will come home from work and have a sink full of dishes…not fun!
Instead, load up all your dishes right after dinner and empty the dishwasher righe before you go to bed. That way, when you start your morning you can put any dishes from breakfast directly in the dishwasher.
Voila’ – now your kitchen is clean as you head out the door!
5) Let your kids watch TV
In a perfect world mornings would be screen-free, but in the real world children who are quietly entertained make life easier.
Now before you go all Salem-Witch-Hunt on me thinking that it’s not a good idea for children to watch TV in the morning – just hear me out.
In my house it’s much safer to put on a good clean show or some sort of educational program for them to watch while they wait for us to load up in the car. I have tried leaving the t.v. off and I have ended up with hair pulled, paint on the floor and all the change from my purse being put in the sink.
6) Eat the same thing for breakfast all week.
One simple way to streamline breakfast is to eat the same thing all week. This way you aren’t acting as a short order cook and you don’t have a huge mess in the kitchen when you leave for work.
Think you or your kiddos would get sick of eating the same thing? Mine don’t and I usually alternate a few different breakfast items over the course of a month:
- Week 1: Freezer Waffles
- Week 2: Cereal
- Week 3: Eggs and toast
- Week 4: Bagels and cream cheese
This makes grocery shopping easier too.
7) Set up a family command center
Listen to me busy mama – this step is crucial.
And a family command center is exactly what it sounds like: “A designated area of your home that will help you to run your family with the precision of a military platoon leader.“
Ok – maybe that’s a little extreme, but it will help you to not forget your purse or your kids backpack as you head out the door.
It’s best to set it up next to the door that you enter and exit your home from.
This is the one stop shop where you are going to put shoes, jackets, backpacks, your purse, your keys, lunch menus, monthly calendars etc. So you know where they are and can quickly grab them as you head out the door.
8) Wake up earlier
I know you don’t want to hear this, but it can be really helpful.
If you are always feeling rushed and stressed in the morning you need to give yourself more time. How much? Try waking up just 10 minutes earlier and see if that is enough, if not add another 10 until you find your sweet spot.
There you have it mama! A handful of simple tips for the perfect busy mom morning routine.
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