For all my fellow mommies out there, I’m sure this is a topic we can all discuss and contribute to. Once you have a child, life changes and your schedule is no longer your own. We’ve always been big on having Stella on a schedule for eating and napping since she was little but now it seems even more necessary to be on a schedule, especially for me. Now that she’s in school three days a week, gone are the days of leisurely getting ready together and in comes the secrets of successful moms 101: scheduling.
In my view, having a rigorous schedule in the morning is absolutely imperative. We can no longer just add ten minutes of a buffer to our schedules and rely on last minute changes. With a toddler, particularly when they start school, there is now a very strict schedule to follow. Here’s how I’ve mastered the art of Mommy Scheduling 101.
Divide and Conquer
When I wake up in the morning, my husband and I have our duties delegated. Usually I get Stella up and make her breakfast while Ken gets her dressed (this could be the ultimate stressor for me as she has such an opinion.) This divide and conquer strategy helps us stay on time and stress free.
Being Present and Engaging
This is such an important secret of successful moms. I know that we are all busy and have a lot going on at all times but one thing I’ve learned over the years is that a quick game of hide and seek or a story can go a long way in our connection with our kids and create ease in getting ready for the day.
Being Mindful of the Time
I am always mindful of the time so that I can take a few minutes here or there for whatever comes up. Knowing that I have to be in the shower by 7:15 and start making breakfast by 8:00, then dressed no later than 8:15 and be walking out the front door at 8:43 at the latest, has me feel sane. Although I will tell you, sometimes my perfect schedule all goes out of the window at exactly 8:40 when it’s time to put Stella’s shoes on and get out the door. This is often the time she wants to stall, lallygag, or hide. If I stay present and playful with her instead of getting frustrated, it usually goes quicker and we are on our way in no time.
Knowing What to Expect
Preset expectations are the best. If everyone in the house knows what’s expected of them and by when, everything goes smoother. After doing this for six months since she started school, we are officially in the swing of things. On most mornings when we wake up, Stella asks if it’s a school day so she knows how the morning will go. It’s also a big plus that she now can read a clock. We are one step closer to independence, although I’m not sure if that is good or bad as she seems to be growing up so fast and I know in a matter of time I’ll have to create a new plan for the next stage.
I hope these tips help make your mornings stress free.
What are some of your secrets to being a successful mom?