In the hectic rush to get out the door, a solid morning routine is your new best friend! 

Do weekday mornings leave you feeling frazzled?  Trust us, we feel your pain.

Getting the kids up and out the door on time, especially if you’ve also got to get yourself to work, can make any parent a little bit crazy.  But it doesn’t have to be this way!

When it comes to rocking it on weekdays, building an effective kids morning routine can transform the experience from harried to happy.  

We spoke to a group of women that have nailed their mommy morning routine, and we quickly noticed some common strategies among them.

Today, we’re sharing their secrets to early morning success so that you too can get to work and school on time…sanity intact.

Check out these great mom-approved tips for taking back your mornings and making them work for you.


11 Tips To Build Your Best Morning Routine 


1. Start Before School Does

Bedtimes and schedules can get a little lax over the summer break. You can’t really expect kids to get up early and into a new school routine on their first day back.

Ease into it, and start getting the kids up and practicing their morning routine at least 2 weeks before the school year begins.

By the time their first day rolls around, they’ll be old pros at this!


2. Get Yourself Up First

We know it’s rough, but if you want your kids to be up and organized in the morning you need to model that behavior yourself.

Set your alarm at least 30 minutes ahead of the kiddos so you can get up, dressed, and centered before you wake them up.

Kids can sense if you’re rushed, stressed or anxious in the morning and it makes them more apt to slow down in protest.

So do like the flight attendant always tells you, put on your own oxygen mask first, before helping the kids with theirs.


3. Capitalize On “The Night Before”

Anything that can be done the night before, should be done the night before. This is the #1 trick of moms that have it together in the morning.

Have your kids choose and lay-out their clothes, shoes, jackets, etc. to make getting dressed a no-brainer.

Make lunches, have everyone take baths, sign permission slips, check homework and pack backpacks before going to bed.

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This will cut down frantic searching for missing shoes or books in the morning and get you out the door on time.


4. Build Launch Pads

Here’s a great tip to add to your morning routine. Create a dedicated space for each child to organize all their “night before” items so everyone knows exactly where to go to start their day.

It can be a box, basket, shelf, or container… whatever works best for you.

In your morning “launch pad” set out all the stuff the kids need to take with them; lunches, lunch money, backpacks, permission slips, show and tell items, sports equipment…ANYTHING that needs to make it into the classroom, goes on the launch pad the night before.

Come morning, it’s just grab and go!


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5. Create A Standard Bedtime Routine

All this packing and prepping that’s happening the night before? You don’t have to do it alone. Get kids involved and build them into the routine.

They can all be assigned different tasks based on their ages, but develop a set pattern for each child and hold them to it.  

Kids can be responsible to lay-out clothes, pack up books, take baths, brush teeth, get in bed… etc.


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You can even write out a checklist to make tasks easier to remember, or create a daily routine chart that uses symbols for younger kids.

And the MOST important part? Make sure the prep action is happening at the same time nightly so kids get in bed at a consistent time every night.

Children need LOTS of sleep. One of the biggest reasons they drag in the morning is because they didn’t get enough shut-eye at night, so be sure it’s lights out early.


6. Relax A Little

Or in other words, be the calm you wish to see in the world.

Once you’re up and ready, take a few deep breaths and center yourself so you can be on your A-Game in front of the kids.

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Like we mentioned earlier, kids can feel your anxiety and if they think you’re rushing around not paying attention to them and their needs, they will slow down even more to get your attention back. So breathe and be present.


7. Start With Connection

When kids go to sleep they are all alone. It is probably the longest period of time they feel disconnected from you, so naturally they may be a little more needy in the morning.

Plan ahead for this and spend the first five minutes of the day snuggling, talking and reconnecting with each child.

Taking a few minutes first thing calms them down and prevents attention seeking outbursts later on.


8. Create an Ordered Morning Ritual

Get the kids up at the SAME time each day and have them do the same steps in the same order to keep things moving.

Getting dressed is generally one of activities that slows kids down, so you might want to move that one up higher in the list.

A solid  routine could look something like this; Wake up, bathroom, get dressed, come to breakfast, brush teeth, grab bags, head to door.

Having kids dress before breakfast may get them into their clothes faster.

Like we suggested for evening, it helps to make a daily routine chart or checklist the kids can see to keep them on track.


9. Plan Breakfast

Decide what you’ll be eating the night before and have the ingredients ready to go.

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Some moms swear by a breakfast schedule such as oatmeal M/W, Eggs Tu/Th, and waffles on Friday…. But whatever you decide to do make sure it’s planned out ahead.


10. Carpool Karaoke

This is a fun one. Make a CD of your kids favorite upbeat songs and keep it in the car to play on the ride to school.

They’ll be energized by the positive music and ready to take on the day!


11. Aim To Leave Early

Whatever time you absolutely need to leave the house by….aim to leave 15 minutes earlier than that.

If you make it there a little early? Awesome! No one ever got in trouble for being a early to school or work. 

But if something goes wrong (and with kids that’s likely) you’ll have the 5 extra minutes you need to search for a lost shoe or clean up spilled orange juice.

We know it’s hard to set the alarm 15 minutes earlier, but it will pay off in spades when everyone gets where they need to be on time and happy.

It’s the number one morning routine trick on-time moms swear by.


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