Morning Start

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The beginning of the day is such an important time: getting prepared for the day; eating a nourishing breakfast and spending a bit of quality time together;  setting the tone for the day.  It’s my great desire to make mornings organized, peaceful and relaxing, but so many times this is hardly the case.  There is a lot of coaxing, reminding:  “Hurry up!  Get your clothes on!” (Even yelling!)  Sometimes crying, meltdowns over a certain outfit, huge spills at the breakfast table, panic, pressure.  “We’re going to be late!!!!!  Hurry up!!  Brush your teeth!  Do you have your library book?”

“Mom, I just have to get my show and tell!!”

Sometimes I’m just about in tears leaving the house.  I know I’m not the only mom who’s experienced this; I’ve talked to lots of moms about it.  One told me, “I’m like an animal in the morning!”  I have three children ages two to six. One way that I have tried to bring some level of order to our mornings is through the Morning Start chart.

 

I saw it on the Super Nanny Show and a friend of mine had one that she had drawn by hand.  This one the girls and I made together.  I think they were five and three years old.  My oldest daughter created the title.  The chart takes away the nag factor.  If the girls are forgetting their responsibilities, I ask them to check the chart, or I say, “Morning Start.”  For the most part, they are eager to do what’s on the list, and I can attend to other things, like cleaning up the table and even doing my own make-up in a leisurely manner.  Then the kids get time to play before it’s time to leave for school.  We have also been setting the timer as a “race” to see how fast they can do shoes, coat and backpacks at the door.  One minute is the current record.

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Morning Start certainly helps to make our mornings more pleasant and manageable.

How are your mornings?

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