I wrote this “working list” in association with a blog post I wrote about my two minute warning mornings. Yes, it’s hectic but I needed to take back some control in regards to bedtime and morning routines. This is a working list meaning it can be updated as frequently or as infrequent as possible.
The entire post is Operation Two Minute Morning Warning: Day 1 of getting child out the door
- Recognize those things that are out of your control – These could be things like weather, traffic accidents, getting sick (to an extent). Those factors out of your control should always be taken into consideration in your time management plan. Today is a great example. We left a whole 45 minutes early but still had to deal with traffic and I ended up being 30 minutes earlier than usual but still 30 minutes later than I wanted to. Hey this is Day 1 – cut me some slack.
- Create small goals and add them to the routine – As I mentioned in an earlier post I’m taking the Listerine 21 day challenge and so far here we are at Day 4 and we have successfully brushed and rinsed twice a day. In fact the highlight this morning was that my daughter brushed her teeth and rinsed on her own. I think that deserves a Hi-Five. We both do it together and so now this has become a part of The Two Minute Warning Morning preparation.
- Get up an hour earlier than the kids – I enjoy the morning quiet before they get up but I need to motivate my behind out of the bed and get myself ready before they get up. I did accomplish this but my mistake was checking my emails and social media which then delayed my getting ready. I did not put makeup on today as a result. Make Not: Give myself a time limit on emails and social media
- Bedtime Rundown – So we shower at night. Bedtime is 9 (I may adjust that to 8:30 since she still has a difficult time getting up at 7). The routine should be dinner, shower, blowdry hair, brush teeth/rinse pick out clothes for the next day, read and then sleep. Dirty clothes should be put in the hamper, laundry put away and toys off the floor. This was accomplished with ease. All of this happened great last night.
- Morning Routine – This was more difficult. Once she woke up she moved like a turtle because of course we like our offense to barely defend the quarterback by moving like a sloth. I am the quarterback and unless I can get her to move and take initiative I’m going to get sacked. This happened today. Not motivated at all and reverted to baby ways by wanting me to dress her even if she picked out her own outfit. This made making breakfast difficult and delayed us by 15 minutes. Her routine is to wake up, change clothes, eat breakfast, brush her teeth, comb her hair and put on her backpack. Once she got breakfast in her system she was much better and alert. I might rearrange the order of all of these items. Any leftover breakfast I put it in a container and I’m taking it for lunch – waste not, want not.
- The Two Minute Warning – Now we are ready to make it out the door. This time my laptop and keys were by the door. She was ready to go BUT we forgot a few things. We forgot the blankets for daycare which are taken on a weekly basis. Luckily these things are folded in the closet. Had I prepared these last night they would have been by the door. My purse was disorganized and had I chosen the purse I wanted to use the night before I wouldn’t be fumbling around for it this morning. On the flip side her backpack was full of her old art projects. So this is my fault because I should be looking at her work every day and cleaning out her backpack the night before so we aren’t discovering things in the ten minutes prior to getting into the car. Once she got in the garage she refused to seat herself and buckle in. My stern voice came out because there was no amount of negotiating and bribing that was going to get her to do it. Then we were off.
- School Drop off – Probably every parents worse nightmare. Not only are you stressed behind other stressed parents trying to get to work but you have those parents that don’t move their cars to the front end of the drop off roadway. This pisses me off usually but today was great. She had all of her things gathered and we walked inside. She put her coat and backpack away and sat with her friends. In and out about ten minutes.
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