It’s Monday morning again. You have just 10 minutes to get your 6-year-old dressed and ready for school, and you still need to pack his lunch. As if that wasn’t enough, do you remember that you were warned by your boss not to come late on Morning again.
Uhn! no one said being a working mom would be easy, but here are few steps to help you achieve that delicate Monday morning balance:
First and foremost, be prepared. If need be, pack your child’s lunch the night. Do your washing and ironing on the weekend so that all clothes are hung and ready to go; prepare at least 5 outfits for each member of the family over the weekend and have your husband and children assist you in the process.
Set your alarm clock 10-15 minutes earlier to allow yourself more time in the morning. If need be, go to earlier. Wake up before your kids to shower and dress.
Keep breakfast simple and healthy. If you feel that you just don’t have the time for breakfast, try keeping snacks and ready to grab and go.
Set a routine for you and your family and stick with it. Sticking with a schedule will make it easier to effectively manage that Monday morning stress.
Divide your morning into phases. For example, phase 1: Prepare Breakfast, phase 2: Get Dressed, etc. Set the phases in 15-25 minute time increments depending on the overall time you give yourself. Attempting to accomplish everything at once will only lead to confusion. Encourage your family to stick to the morning phases to keep things running smoothly.
Finally, the key to achieving any balance, especially that Monday morning balance, is being prepared. Try a more organized approach to your Monday mornings and you will find that they turn out to be a lot smoother and less stressful for everyone.