One of my biggest suggestions to any Mom is to have a morning routine. I think that whether you work inside the home or outside the home it just feels good to have routine and consistency in your life. I am asked all the time what my routine is with two kiddos, working full time outside the home, and extra curricular activities. My oldest being 5 years old is now dabbling into more activities! It is nice because we typically have spring sports, winter, and summer so not all of our activities are combined. However, some months were juggling 2 or 3 things at a time! It can get crazy, and the more children you have the busier it becomes.
In our house our morning routine really begins the night before. Of course I am human and have my lazy nights where Netflix and wine find me but I try to be proactive majority of the time. Every day that the boys come home from preschool and daycare I go through their backpacks to make sure we’re not missing any dates coming up, hw assignments, and/or activities. I put whatever I can in my phone calendar because that way I can get alerts when things are about to sneak up on me! I am F A M O U S for being last minute about almost everything!
It’s funny because the way our family works is very much a team effort. Usually when one of the kids has an event where my husband or I can’t attend we reach out to grandparents and great grandparents. We are so, so lucky to have all hands on deck with our kids because two parents working outside the home and having children is hard work!!
After backpacks are packed, and calendars are updated I get school clothes picked out, and that goes for all of us! I lay both of the boys clothes on the kitchen table along with the babies morning diaper! The less I have to grab or find in the morning the better!! Right next to their backpacks I have their jackets, and sneakers as well. This prevents (most of the time) the fight between which jacket and what pair of sneakers we are picking! I tend to have “school shoes” vs. “play shoes” and that limits the fighting as well! Some say only girls are a problem with getting dressed… well I beg to differ!!
As far as myself and my husband, I get my clothes laid out and ironed so I am not wasting any time either. My husband has his work clothes, and gym bag packed and by the door! It is crazy, but without those little things in place we honestly would be running around like chickens! Also, my husband goes to the gym every day at 4:30am so if he wakes me up or the boys up that early he is in BIG TROUBLE!
Currently my oldest is in a half day program so parent pick up can be different from time to time! I always make sure the carseats are loaded or unloaded depending on how the next day is going to go. Having to set up a carseat while getting two kids in the car, and praying your coffee doesn’t spill isn’t the easiest! I also put the diaper bag in the car the night before as well because believe it or not, I have actually left the house without it a few times!
I even go as far to fill up a sippy cup with juice and put it in the fridge in the morning so I can just grab and go! It’s the little things! My lunch which is usually left overs from dinner, and my husbands lunch are packed and in the fridge before we go to bed as well. We love snack packs, and fruit to just grab for breakfast. Wegmans Grocery Store has cute snack packs with apple slices, almonds, cheese, etc. for $2.00! We always stock up!
Finally bedtime …
Good Morning 🙂
Happens that quick doesn’t it? I like to wake up 30 minutes before the kids! This gives me time to have a cup of coffee while I’m doing my hair and throwing on my very quick morning make-up routine. We are early risers in our house, but that’s okay because the earlier we leave the earlier we get home! Yay!
Quick breakfasts include, fruit, mini-muffins, whole waffles, and granola bars. If they can hold it without requiring a plate, fork, etc. it is usually Mommy approved Monday – Friday! (No judgment please, I don’t always have the time to make the kids eggs and bacon during the work week but I can guarantee our weekend breakfast is restaurant style!)
Once we’re all dressed and sippy cups are in hand we are outta here! Not every day is perfect, and I don’t expect it to be. By all means I don’t say this is the only way to function as a working Mom! This routine is just what works for us, and that is why I share it! We’re all still learning together throughout this journey of parenthood! Cheers to the small successes, and the endless learning!
Comment below. I’d love to learn more about how you get through your mornings!