Healthy Mornings On A Schedule

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We leave the house between 7am and 7:10am everyday in order to get to school for 8! 🌞 🐦

In an Instagram post last week I shared some of the many ways I try to make this intense part of the day go smoothly.

👚 Many parents are intrigued but uncomfortable with dressing children in their daytime clothes at bedtime, but I see the clothes as “base layers” and not having to transition from PJs to outfit is a huge timesaver. I have done this with all three of my girls from preschool through kindergarten and they all decide they’re ready to get dressed on their own and on time by grade one.

🥣 Planning breakfast not only helps the morning to go smoothly, it also takes an energetic mental load off of me having to figure it out in the morning and it also means there are less “expectations” or “options” up for debate in the morning. We have a plan and we stick to it.

🎀Having everyday items like toothbrushes, hairbrushes and accessories accessible in the mornings is also helpful. In the warmer months I also keep a big basket at the front door of clean socks because the children often come downstairs dressed but barefoot!

How do you try to ensure your mornings run smoothly?

More resources for you:
A Journal post with ideas for warm breakfasts on the go
A post about packing backpacks the night before school
An IGTV on early risers

If you are having difficulties getting a morning rhythm and need some 1:1 help, my 30 minute mini sessions are an affordable way to get straight to the heart of things and to devise a simple way forward.

Meagan Wilson is a parent educator and author of the now-retired seasonal series of Whole Family Rhythms. After finishing a BA, she went on to complete her Foundations in Steiner Education and Anthroposophy at Sydney Steiner College, as well as her Waldorf Early Childhood Certification at the Rudolf Steiner Centre in Toronto. She has received her certification as a Simplicity Parenting Family Life Coach and has supported hundreds of parents to create a strong family rhythm unique to their own values and culture. She has four young children. Meagan provides resources, support and information to parents who are looking for a bridge to cross between their unique family life and their children’s (often but not always) Waldorf schools.

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