When you have kids, getting everyone out of the house in one piece can be stressful, to say the least.
Fights about the bathroom. Tears for no reason at all. Random dishes in the sink that need to be washed (how did all the spoons get dirty?).
Meanwhile, it would be nice to drink your cup of coffee before it’s cold. Some mornings you’re lucky if you can make it out of the house with your sanity intact, let alone on time.
Here are a few ideas that can help make mornings with your kids a little less crazy. (Just a little.)
1. Plan outfits
Have you ever walked into your child’s room and found them emptying the contents of their dresser onto the floor?
If your kids are old enough to get dressed on their own, planning their outfit the night before can really save a lot of time. (While you’re at it, do the same thing for yourself!) To avoid last minute wardrobe changes, grill them about the next day’s activities and get them to commit to an outfit. Then lay the whole thing out on a chair – shirt, pants, right down to the socks. Which brings us to…
2. Line up shoes
This has to be the biggest time waster in the morning: looking for shoes. Either you can only find mismatched pairs of sneakers or no shoes at all except rubber rain boots.
For some mysterious reason, shoes are easier to find when you’re not about to leave the house. So before bed, line up everyone’s shoes by the door, two by two. It may seem like a small thing, but doing this may actually save you from losing your mind.
3. On Sunday make lunch – for the whole week
Ambitious but doable. It’s so much easier to make a bunch of lunches in an hour on Sunday than to do it when you’re half asleep and half dressed.
Make a stack of sandwiches and organize your fruit and snacks. In the morning, voila, just grab and go.
4. Cold cereal for breakfast
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it’s also the least relaxed. The main thing is that your kids can prepare it quickly by themselves and without setting anything on fire.
5. Count on TrackR bravo for the rest
After keeping track of our kids’ things, who has the bandwidth to actually remember where we left the car keys? That’s why there’s TrackR.
Attach TrackR bravo to your keychain. Then, the next time you can’t find your car keys, instead of tearing the house apart, just ring them from your phone. Can’t find your phone? Just grab the TrackR bravo attached to your purse or your TV remote (it also works great for those items!), and press the button on the TrackR bravo to make your phone ring.
You might just save yourself an average of ten minutes a day. The extra time will come in handy when your toddler decides to have a tantrum on the front steps.
Do you have any other special things you do to get your kids out of the house faster in the morning? We’d love to hear them. Let us know @TheTrackR on Twitter.