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How Smart Parents Get up and Going Each Day

The average parent stays up too late each night and struggles to get around in the morning. This can mean that you skip out on some of those essential morning activities. Here are some tips to help you get up and get your day going the right way.

Keep to a Schedule

Try to keep everyone in your household on a bedtime and wakeup routine. This means that you need to go to bed at the same time and get up at the same time every day, including weekends. Studies have shown that those that adhere to this type of schedule feel more refreshed and ready to tackle the day. You may find yourself surprised at what you can accomplish before you have to head out the door for the day.

Plan Ahead

Lay out outfits and pack lunches and snacks the night before. This will give you more time to spend together in the morning. There won’t be any rushing around at the last minute which may leave you feeling exhausted. Have a set place for backpacks, keys, and electronic devices. This will ensure that you aren’t scrambling to find these items as the bus is pulling up. Staying organized and on top of things will leave you feeling in control.

Don’t Forget Breakfast

You may have heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Studies have shown that those that consume breakfast have an easier time staying healthy. If you’re not a morning person, a cup of coffee may be the thing to get you going. Flavored K cups have changed the way that you can enjoy your morning cup of coffee. You can also make the kids a quick cup of hot chocolate so that they can get their day off to the right start as well.

Give Yourself Extra Time

Make sure that you have enough time to get yourself ready and out the door in the morning. This may mean that you need to get up 15 to 30 minutes earlier. You never know when something could come up at the last minute. Your kids may not be feeling up to going to school. This could leave you scrabbling to find someone to come and watch them during the day. Those few extra minutes will help to alleviate some of the stress that you’re experiencing.

Mornings will always be a challenging time in a household with kids. Stay organized so that you can tackle anything that’s thrown your way.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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