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One of the most stressful times of the day for many parents and children is the early morning rush of getting to school on time. I recently read a great blog written by a parent outlining several things to do to make the morning more stress free for parents and children. Here's the blog post: Simple Life Habits
Here's a few of Jonathan's ideas that I really like and although my children are now grown and on their own, I still follow these suggestions (most of the time) myself:
- Plan ahead by getting things ready the night before. I'm a big fan of this approach and I often discuss it with children. When my children were little we got clothes out and backpacks ready the night before. Even now I prepare the night before for my next day.
- Leave yourself enough margin to arrive on time. While I follow this advice for work, (I'm always early), I'm not so good at following this advice for other activities. The idea of margin is a good one and so often I find myself not planning on the needed amount of time with some extra time added in for unforeseen difficulties.
- Spend some quiet time in devotion. This is a definite part of my morning and I think this is a great idea for families as well. I love the thought of sharing a devotion with the family as you eat breakfast. Pretty different from the rushing out the door, pop tart in hand approach that often characterizes the morning routine.
- Share a positive affirmation that sets the tone for the day. Jonathan's suggestion is: "Make it a great day for someone." Sharing a positive thought at the last good bye can create a positive mindset.
What about you? What suggestions do you have for creating a stress free morning?