Healthy Mornings On A Schedule

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Every morning, like clockwork, our family gears up for a well-coordinated mission to ensure we leave the house between 7 am and 7:10 am sharp. The goal? To make it to school by 8, setting the tone for a productive and positive day ahead. 🌞 🐦

👚 For many parents, the idea of dressing their children in daytime clothes at bedtime might seem intriguing but uncomfortable. However, I’ve come to see these bedtime outfits as “base layers.” This simple strategy eliminates the need for the transition from PJs to daytime attire and has proven to be a monumental time-saver in our household. This has been a consistent practice with all three of my girls, starting from preschool and continuing through kindergarten. Remarkably, as they enter grade one, they take the initiative to get dressed on their own, ensuring that they are punctual and ready for the day.

🥣 Another key to ensuring our mornings run smoothly is the art of breakfast planning. Not only does this contribute to a streamlined morning routine, but it also relieves a significant mental burden. By pre-determining our morning meal the night before, I eliminate the need to scramble and decide what to prepare, allowing me to approach the morning with a clearer mind. This approach also minimizes the potential for morning debates or negotiations, as we adhere to a well-established plan.

🎀 In addition to clothing and breakfast planning, we’ve discovered the importance of having everyday essentials readily accessible in the mornings. Whether it’s toothbrushes, hairbrushes, or accessories. Having these items within arm’s reach ensures that we don’t waste precious minutes searching for them. During warmer months, we even keep a generous basket of clean socks by the front door. This simple yet effective step prevents the comical sight of our children coming downstairs dressed but still barefoot!

So, how do you manage to keep your mornings running smoothly? Share your tips and tricks with us!

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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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