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Laying out your children's clothes the night before can really help cut down on morning chaos. Selecting the next day's clothes can be an enjoyable part of your evening ritual.  If your children are exceptionally choosey and difficult to dress, don't despair.  Buy only mix-and-match wrinkle-free outfits that your kids like.  Don't bother to put the garments away, huh?  Here's a radical idea - just store them in a laundry basket.  Have another laundry basket of a different color for dirty clothes.  When the dirty basket fills up, do a wash.  Each evening or morning have your children pick their clothes from the "clean" basket.  Since all the colors go together, there should be no problem. 
After you've laid out the kids clothes lay out your own clothes.   Plan what to wear the night before when it's easier to think.  Check your stockings for runs and your clothes for missing buttons or ripped hems.  Set out your bad weather gear and everyone else's as well so you don't have to run around in the morning looking for umbrellas, boots, gloves, etc. 
It the kids get to bed at a reasonable hour everyone will function better in the morning.  A good way to help settle them down is to establish a satisfying bedtime ritual.  Sample ingredients include a brief and positive review of the next day's events, laying out the next day's wardrobe, a story, a song, a prayer, a kiss, and a hug.  Don't let the ritual go on too long half an hour is sufficient.  You need your private time after your kids go to bed and they need to learn that they can fall asleep peacefully, independently of you.
While you're at it go to bed earlier yourself!  Parents of young children need adequate sleep in order to feel happy and healthy.  If you're a night owl, you may dislike this advice.  But listen up, your kids will not stay little forever.

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

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