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Surviving weekday mornings

Surviving weekday mornings

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Getting out the house on time for school and work doesn't have to be stressful. Here are some handy tips to make weekday mornings a breeze.

When it’s back to school time for children, they seem to forget how long it can take to get ready in the mornings.  Of course, the first thing that gets forgotten when time is limited is breakfast, a huge mistake as your child then has to perform academically and socially on very little sustenance.

In order for the brain to work at its full potential, we need to eat.  Breakfast kickstarts the metabolism and gets sugar levels back to where they should be after an entire night of no eating or drinking. The trick is to be prepared so that there is plenty of time for breakfast in the morning. This doesn’t always mean waking up earlier and cutting into your much needed rest, it just takes some clever planning to get it right:

  • Have your children lay out their school uniforms the night before.  This way any lost item of clothing is found before it becomes an issue.
  • Make sure all homework is done and that school bags are packed and ready to be picked up on the way out the door.
  • Try and get your children to bath or wash their hair in the evening so that they don’t need to do it in the morning.
  • Get the breakfast things set out the evening before.  Things like bowls, cereals and sugar. 
  • Make sure the actual meal is nutritious but not time-consuming; you may want to re-think a cooked breakfast in the morning and substitute it with toast and fruit, muesli and yoghurt or instant oats.
  • If your child really battles to be on time in the morning, try and wake them up a little earlier each day. Eventually they will get used to the earlier start and getting out of bed will be easier. 
  • Incentivize your children to be on time by having a progress chart where you reward them for being on time and eating breakfast without rushing.

Every family is different, so find what works for you and your children and then stick to it as much as possible until it becomes a routine.

Image from: Sherman Tan

Images courtesy of Fresh Living magazine

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