Navigating stress-free school mornings

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I don’t know about you, but as a mum of a school-aged kid, mornings are the source of a HUGE amount of stress for me. I could wake up zen as a Tibetan monk, but then once I start trying to navigate the kids from bed to clean clothes to fed to car, I can very quickly turn into a screeching mess.

However.

There are ways that I’ve found to streamline my mornings, so that I can hold on to that zen a bit longer. Which actually means mornings are less stressful for everyone involved, and we can maintain a calm environment from which to wander out into the world like civilised people.

Pre-pack lunches

This is absolutely crucial. I know probably the majority of you out there are miles ahead of me and have been doing this right from the start, but I’m just throwing this out there on the off chance there’s someone out there who, like Old Me, is trying to put together a vaguely nutritious, balanced, filling lunch each morning (that the kids will actually EAT). I have one friend who takes it a step further, and prepares her kids’ lunches for the week by freezing ready-made sandwiches and organising the other ingredients into a box so it takes her just a few minutes each night to pop everything into the lunch boxes. I’m not quite that organised (yet), but it’s a great tip!

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Sort out outfits the night before

So, like many other mums (I hope), there is a spot on my couch that seems to be always occupied by Mount Washmore, the Highest Pile of Washing known to mankind. I’ve grown to accept it, and take comfort in the fact that “at least it’s a huge pile of CLEAN washing”. So the fact that The Pile is constantly gracing its presence on my sofa means that it *isn’t* in my children’s drawers. This meant that each morning there was a mad dash to scurry through The Pile, looking for clean shirts, pants, and heaven forbid, matching socks … although “matching” appears to be an abstract term in my 10 year old’s eyes. So now, we try to pre-arrange outfits the night before, meaning that getting dressed in the mornings is now a more streamlined process. Eventually, I’ll level up in parenting, and evict Mount Washmore, so that clothes can take residence in drawers again. Although I’ll still probably try and get the kids’ outfits organised at nights, because it makes life so much easier!

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Keep breakfasts simple

Although several pins on Pinterest would have us believe otherwise, healthy does not always have to be complicated. We all know that having a decent breakfast is such an important part of the day, however it doesn’t need to be anything extravagant. Ashton’s “usual” could be a piece of fruit, and eggs or peanut butter on wholegrain toast – that with a MILO made with trim milk, and he’s good to go. Because sometimes Ashton doesn’t always feel like eating much in the mornings or he’s too active during the day to make much of a dent in his lunchbox, it’s great to know that he’s getting the nutritional boost and support that MILO with milk provides. I love that he can prepare it all himself; it’s quick and easy. Although we’ve always enjoyed MILO with milk in our house, Nestlé recently sent us some to review, along with nutritional information – so now I know that he’s benefitting from the extra calcium, vitamin D and iron MILO adds to milk.

Use 3 heaped teaspoons of MILO with 200ml of trim milk, if your child needs a nutritional boost

Play good music

Music can be such a good mood booster, and having something playing in the background is such a great way to set the tone for the day. Depending on what we feel like, sometimes we’ll play something quite energizing – other times we’ll choose something a bit more subtle and relaxed. Either way though, we’ve definitely all noticed a difference in the general mood of the house if I remember to put some music on. Plus, I reckon breakfast that’s made while dancing definitely tastes better!

I love that our mornings now are (usually) calmer. I love having that time connecting and positively engaging with my children before they venture off into the world each day.

What do mornings look like in your house? More importantly – what do you want them to look like? Join the discussion in the comments below.

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This article was written by Bunny Kim. Bunny was sponsored by Nestlé to write this blog for the MILO Hero Mums promotion and was provided with complimentary product and remuneration. However, these views are the personal opinions of Bunny and do not necessarily reflect the views of Nestlé.

Bunny is a mama of two and a blogger about motherhood, womanhood, and the life and adventure that happens in between. Follow her on Facebook and on her blog at GlowMama.

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5 Comments

  1. Shorrty4life1 07/09/2018 at 1:21 pm

    Interesting read. I wash dry and put away clothing each night but leave uniform the next day in my bedroom so I am organised for the kids the next morning. Lunches are done the night before and homework. The only thing we need to do in the morning is get dressed and have breakfast. Normally the kids have 30mins to spare for cartoons and they happy and settled.

  2. Bevik1971 03/09/2018 at 9:33 am

    It can be a bit stressful getting kids ready for school in the mornings. I hate having to constantly nag at the kids haha, hurry up, eat your breakfast, get your socks on! 🙂 I try and keep calm and be reasonable as I really don’t like starting the day off upset and stressed 🙂

  3. SarahBlair 31/08/2018 at 8:08 pm

    I have 4 kids to get out of the door every morning. It usually goes pretty well, having two teenagers helps. We always have clothes prepared the night before which makes that part so much easier! I make lunches in the morning but I really should start doing it in the evening just to make things go a little smoother.

    • SarahBlair 31/08/2018 at 8:11 pm

      Am I the only person who washes, dries, folds and puts away their washing everyday?

  4. kymmage 30/08/2018 at 7:42 pm

    Yup I have a mount washmore too. It never goes away, just grows and shrinks as the week goes along. I try to make lunches the night before or at least do half of it. I also have a set of tasks per kid and we keep it to a minimum. So they have to eat something, brush their teeth, and go bathroom. They have to do their hair and put clothes on. If they do it all by a set time they can relax.

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