Dads on Holiday Duty: Simplify Your Mornings with a Good Routine
Holiday time can be stressful for anyone, but for single parents it can be especially hectic – take it from a single dad. Getting the kids and yourself ready each day is hard enough without the added craziness the holidays bring. You can make it easier on yourself and the kids by having a good morning routine to get you going.
Prep the night before. Lifehacker.com suggests preparing things like breakfast, lunches, or outfits the night before in order to make the morning run smoothly. Once everything is prepped and ready, make sure to keep everything in a central location to avoid not being able to find it when you are in a time crunch.
Use Simple Organization Tips. Trying to keep a house organized with kids can be a chore in itself. To help keep things under control, get your kids involved in using these 3 simple tips:
- Keep, trash or donate nothing is a maybe. If it’s not a definite yes, and it’s not in the best condition – throw it out. No maybes allowed
- Make a plan. Once you’ve culled your “stuff”, figure out where you will store it. Everything should have a place – if it doesn’t, find one or get rid of it.
- Put it where you use it. It’s simple, if you keep things where you use them, you’ll spend less time tearing the house apart trying to find them.
De-stress your routine with responsibility. Give your kids a morning responsibility. Not only will this take some of the pressure off of you to check one more thing off of the list, but they will feel “grown up”. If they forget to do it one morning, don’t do it for them. It will only take a few mornings of forgetting something before they remember on their own. Bonus tip; use a chore chart to give them a goal to work towards. They feel a sense of accomplishment and you feel a sense of relief.
Breakfast to Go. With schedules as hectic as they are, don’t feel bad about letting your kids eat on the way to school. Individual packages of dry cereal or a granola bar and a covered cup of milk for the car give them energy for the day without stressing you further in the morning.
Get plenty of sleep. Make sure everyone, you included, is getting enough sleep. For you, sleep will allow you to better manage your day without feeling frazzled. For growing kids, sleep helps them to be happier, healthier and ultimately better in school. It will also help them to be less frustrated when things go wrong throughout the day.
Play music.Make a morning playlist. Not only will music in the morning help to put everyone in a good mood to start the day, but you can use it as an unofficial timer to help kids stay on time.
Now that you know how to start your day, enjoy it! Crank the tunes, pack the lunches, and get the kids and you out the door. Bring on the holiday craziness; you’ve got this!
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