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Creating a New Morning Routine

My children have always been early risers. They’ve hardly ever slept past 6:00 a.m. and for almost a year had a regular 5:00 a.m. wake up. I’ve always been a morning person, but that was a bit much. The good side of this, and the only good side, is that we’ve never had a rushed morning routine. Because we’ve always had a short commute to the daycare center, we’ve had plenty of time to watch a tv show, get dressed/showered, eat breakfast and make lunches all in a relatively calm manner. I’ve never really had to worry about getting out the door on time.

Since we  moved to our new house, the boys have been staying up a bit later. At first it was by accident because we were so busy, but then, we noticed they started sleeping a bit later. Once, they slept until 7:30 a.m (I actually started getting worried that we all had Carbon Monoxide poisoning). Now, there are still days they wake up at 6:00 a.m., but they’ve been more regularly sleeping until 6:30 a.m. or 7:00 a.m. (except for on the weekends…why is that?). The only problem is that now our morning routine is totally turned upside down and we’re rushing. Because we have a longer commute to the center, and because of the later wake up time, we’re rushing to do all the things we used to do (though I’ve dropped watching the TV show already).

Late morning snuggle time with the dog.

Other than making lunches at night, how do you get out the door in the morning in a timely manner? Do you have to wake up your kids or do you just let them sleep then put them right in the car? I’d like to get out the door without so much nagging (and sometimes yelling) so advice is appreciated!


  1. Heather July 17, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    I try to get up and ready for the day before my daughter wakes up. I find the morning so much more relaxed when I’m just focusing on her…rather than both of us. We also, sometimes, let her wear the shirt she slept in (depending on what she chose for PJ’s the night before), and I try really hard to make sure her backpack is all packed the night before. I have tried doing lunch the night before, but I can’t seem to remember, so I just pack lunch while I chit chat with my daughter while she’s eating breakfast.

    • Kris-Ann, Progressive Mom

      ProgressiveMom July 19, 2012 at 3:57 pm

      Getting ready first does sound easier. I’m also testing out showering at night instead of the morning.

  2. Kate July 17, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    The night before:
    I set out tomorrow’s outfits and
    pack up any show and tell, water play, etc. items in the backpack.

    Lately, we’ve added the rule that there breakfast isn’t served until everyone is dressed.

    Good luck!

  3. Mary

    Organized Mom July 18, 2012 at 2:30 am

    Preparation the night before is key. Like others, I set out outfits the night before. Sneakers are set-up by the kitchen table, bowls and spoon laid out by the fridge, vitamins already on the counter, etc… Lunch boxes are packed with room temperature snacks and all over food is set-up for easy grab in the fridge. We allow TV, but not until everyone is at the breakfast table. This is a big motivator for getting dressed and downstairs.
    I hope it lasts for the weekend!

  4. Media Mom

    MediaMom July 18, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    We live very close to our center, but we’re a family of late sleepers, so we’re always in a rush in the morning. I can’t claim to be successful 100% of the time, but in addition to preparing lunch, outfits and any special extras that need to come to school the night before, I must admit to one particular “bad mom” practice. When we’re in a really big rush, I let both kids, when necessary, eat breakfast in the car (even my 18 month old — yikes! Did I really admit that??) I give them either a squeezable apple sauce, piece of fruit (banana only for the toddler in the car), dry cereal like Cheerios or Kix, or a Clif Kid Zbar. While I often feel the need to repent for this parenting sin, it does work.

    • Kris-Ann, Progressive Mom

      ProgressiveMom July 19, 2012 at 3:58 pm

      I wish my kids would eat in the car! They only eat breakfast snacks (everything you described) but only after eating breakfast (which are the same foods as the snacks) at home. I’ve stopped arguing that a Cliff bar or applesauce isn’t breakfast because let’s be honest, they are better than half the cereals out there anyway.

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