Mornings are hard.
I don’t know a mom on the planet who has to work or get kids to school in the morning who hasn’t struggled with the morning prep routine at some time or another.
I remember the year Dude 3 was born was also the year Dude 1 went to kindergarten and the year Dude 2 went to preschool. Every single morning of life was hard.
Like, I want to sit in my car in my jammie shorts and cry because I’M AT PRESCHOOL DROP OFF IN MY JAMMIE SHORTS.
That’s not a roll up and toss your kid out situation y’all.
You have to get out of the car. And walk into the school. And make eye contact with humans who are avoiding your eyes because you’re basically naked from the waist down.
In fact, devastating and pretty tragic.
I recall a lot of yelling (from me), and a lot of whining (from them), and all kinds of crying (from everyone) that year.
On the bright side (because there is always a bright side in retrospect), I learned a lot.
Like about what kind of mom I wanted to be (not the kind that forgets to wear pants) and what kind of a start to the day I want my Dudes to have (one that does NOT involve tears, theirs or mine).
As part of my joy journey, I’ve made a vow to start each morning on a bright note, with a healthy breakfast, some time to reflect, and positive, encouraging interactions with my children.
It’s challenging but significant because I think it ensures we all have a more productive, confident, and joyful day. It’s especially important when they need to prepare for a big day at school (it’s school testing season where we live, every school day is a big day right now!)
I love it that Kellogg’s supports this mission.
A healthy, nutritious breakfast is an important part of having a good day, especially when it comes to kids. But, often, when mom is rushing about, getting all of the things ready in the morning, breakfast can easily get turned into something less healthful, or sometimes, nothing at all.
To beat the SERIOUSLY-IF-YOU-MISS-THE-BUS drama of the morning rush, Kellogg’s wants to remind moms everywhere that when you prepare the night before a big day, you set yourself up to have a better tomorrow. So change the game and include your breakfast prep in your night-before routine.
Here are some save your morning routines that can easily change how you and your family start the day.
Save Your Mornings: A Winning Morning Routine to Prep for A #BigDay #Tomorrow
A few tips from Dr. Travis Stork…
1. Lay out your clothes the night before to help streamline your morning routine.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. If you’re travelling or on-the-go, make 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.
And what DudeMom does…
5. Start your bedtime routine way early. You say bedtime is 8:30 and everyone knows that means 9:15. Because bath and story and whining and water and one more hug and pee and MOMMMMMMY! Kids need time to resist bedtime with every fiber of their souls unwind at night so make sure they have it if you want to ensure they are actually getting to sleep at a reasonable time.
6. Make their room a sleep sanctuary. We use an essential oil diffuser to help relax the Dudes for sleep. The oils combined with the light helps them reach sleep zen in no time.
7. Check the weather. We have major battles over whether or not every day is a short day. For the record, it’s not, but that doesn’t mean they don’t try. Our rule is that it must be an anticipated 40 degrees or more day, so before bed we check the weather to determine if tomorrow will be a put those shorts away or a shorts are a-ok day. That way, come morning, we don’t have to bicker about it.
8. Pack the backpacks. It’s the only way to eliminate the YOU HAVE A SCIENCE PROJECT DUE TODAY??!!? woes. We go over homework, clean out folders, and get everything signed and organized for the following day.
9. Make breakfast accessible. We do a lot of cereal and milk here. Instead of keeping it out of reach in the pantry, I put their cereal options in reachable canisters on the counter. Then I pour the milk from a gallon jug into a small serving cup that they can easily pour. Bowls and spoons are left out too.
10. Save the drama for your mama. Or for after school at least. I make it a point not to bring up things that are going to make my kids unhappy in the mornings. I want them to leave home each day focusing on what’s ahead and in a confident and generally stress free state of mind. All of our hard talks are reserved for after school.
Want to chat about how you prep for a #BigDay #Tomorrow with your family? Join me, The Motherhood, and Dr. Travis Stork of The Doctors on Twitter Tuesday, February 10th at noon EST for some great tips and a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card and other Kellogg’s prizes!
*Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Kellogs & their #BigDay #Tomorrow campaign. All opinions and difficult morning are my own.