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).
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!