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When the morning alarm clock goes off how prepared are you for the day? Making lunches ahead of time can save lots of morning hassle. If you have to pack bag lunches, prepare them the night before and store them in the refrigerator. Make this part of the supper cleanup routine and get kids four and older to help. If you prefer to make sandwiches in the morning, at least get the bags ready, and be sure you have the ingredients. Keep things simple: peanut butter and jelly on whole wheat bread, a box of juice, a banana, and a napkin that's it. You're done.

Another tip to keep things simple in the busyness to get everyone out on time in the morning is to set up a convenient "morning box" near the exit door for library books, show-and-tell items, money for field trips, and so forth. If one of your kids needs a note, write it the night before and drop it in the morning box. Better yet, have your youngster put it in the box. Teaching children from an early age to be prepared helps them mature and will eventually make your life easier as they get older and assume more responsibility.

To really make dressing for the day easier, forget pajamas! What? Toilet-trained kids can sleep in tomorrow's underwear. If it's cold, they can sleep in wrinkle-free comfortable clothes such as sweatpants and sweatshirts tomorrow's outfit! If the clothes don't wrinkle and the kids don't sweat or wet their beds, who's to know or care? Okay, for many parents this is an uncomfortable suggestion, but for others it works! The point is to think ahead about what might work for your family to ease morning mania.

Great family resource: 401 Ways to Get Your Kids to Work At Home by Bonnie McCullough

posted on: 2/5/2008 12:00:00 PM by Judy Warmington
category: The Mental Side

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