This is part of a sponsored campaign with The Motherhood and Kellogg’s. All opinions and lack of motivation in the mornings is my own.
No one in my house is a morning person. It’s actually quite an accomplishment that we’ve made it past the halfway point of the school year without my boys getting any tardies. We’ve cut it close a few times, but this is definitely a record for us!
My boys take their showers at night, so they don’t have all that much to do before they leave for school. Yet, since they don’t want to get out of bed and they make snails look fast once they do start moving around, I’ve had to figure out how to get us out the door on time.
On the weekend, we set out their clothes for the week in a 5 shelf organizer, taking into account their PE days, sports practices, and the weather. Of course that can change, but if we need to do a swap the night before or even the morning of, having underwear and socks in there for each of them is a huge help, since those are the things that tend to go missing.
Their backpacks get packed the night before, including any papers that they need me to sign, and their snack. Their shoes go in the basket beside the door and their jackets in the hall closet.
The less we have to do in the mornings, the less stressful it is to get out the door.
Turns out what I do to make our mornings smoother is a lot like Dr. Travis Stork suggests.
Dr. Travis Stork’s Tips on Having a Successful Big Day
- Lay out your clothes the night before to help streamline your morning routine.
- Create a “must achieve” list for the morning to help yourself stop stressing about those tasks at night, leading to a more restful night’s sleep.
- Plan out what to have for breakfast, and nothing is easier than setting out a bowl and spoon for a quick, nutritious and tasty bowl of cereal in the morning.
- If you’re travelling or on-the-go, making sure to pack a nutritious snack (like a baggie of cereal) in your bag to help you avoid hitting the mid-morning lull and picking something unhealthy.
One tip I hadn’t tried was to plan for breakfast. My boys often eat cereal and unless there are clean bowls in the dishwasher, my boys wait for me to get the bowls out for them since they can’t reach them. I can barely reach them.
By setting out the bowls and spoons and leaving the cereal out on the table for them, it’s a great visual reminder to my kids that they can go ahead and eat their breakfast as soon as they make their way downstairs to the kitchen. They like Kellogg’s Frosted Mini Wheats, and Raisin Bran, while I have Special K; our breakfasts are full of protein and grains.
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Tomorrow, 2/10/15, we’ll talk morning nutrition with @kelloggsUS and @TravisStorkMD at noon ET! Join us for the conversation on twitter: #BigDay #Tomorrow