Tips for busy parents to survive the morning
Mornings as a parent can be frantic to say the least. Whether it’s a stained uniform, siblings fighting, spilt milk from breakfast or something as small as tripping on that toy that wasn’t packed away yesterday, it can sometimes feel impossible to get the day off to a smooth, drama free start. The pressure to be that perfect and organized parent is high, and sometimes acknowledgement for your efforts can feel low. Luckily, REIZE has some tips to help get you through such mornings.
1. WAKE UP 30 MINUTES EARLIER
Getting up half an hour or so before the kids is a fantastic way to sneak in some quiet time and get a head start on the day. Whether you decide to prepare breakfast, organize your calendar, meditate or check your emails, this half an hour to yourself will make the morning rush significantly more bearable.
2. PREPARE THE NIGHT BEFORE
Preparing lunches and clothing the night before is essential to making the morning that bit easier. Having fully packed lunch boxes, and clean uniforms ready to go can really take the edge off the before school scramble.
Preparations regarding food in general ideally will extend to a weekly plan. This way your major grocery shops can match your plans rather than you trying to rustle something up last minute with the groceries you have. The whole last minute thing is nothing to be ashamed of, (we’ve all been there) however, even when you plan ahead, unexpected issues will come up last minute and being prepared will make dealing with these situations less stressful.
3. BRIBE THEM OUT OF BED
Often the first missions of the morning is getting everybody out of bed, and being everybody’s personal alarm clock does not leave you feeling particularly loved. Giving children a small incentive to wake up in the morning is a good way to go, and I say ‘children’ because this is unlikely to work with teenagers, nothing works when it comes to waking teenagers other than pure perseverance. The incentive or reward for being ready on time can be as simple as letting them kick the ball around in the yard for 10 minutes before leaving for school, or maybe some time on the trampoline.
4. IT TAKES A VILLAGE
As the saying goes “It takes a village to raise a child” and connecting with other parents goes a long way in surviving parenthood in general. If you can find another family to carpool with in the morning, you will halve the amount of traffic filled mornings and intense feelings of road rage as a result. Driving less means days where you are free earlier, giving you a chance to recuperate before getting on with the day’s countless ‘to dos.
5. DON’T BE TOO HARD ON YOURSELF
In the preparing, cooking, washing and driving, its important you don’t forget about your own needs and health. Don’t pressure yourself unnecessarily by comparing yourself to other parents. Like many things in life, when you meet parents who appear to do it all without breaking a sweat, remember you’re only seeing the highlights, and that in reality there is a whole lot going on behind the scenes you never here about. Oh and the whole ‘don’t compare yourself thing’ also applies when you child tells you that so-and-so’s mum or dad lets them do such-and-such.
Being healthy, centered, energized and self-compassionate is important as a parent. Drinking a REIZE is a great choice when it comes to starting your day. Whether you want to have it cold, or hot as a tea or coffee replacement, drinking REIZE will leave you feeling revitalized in the morning, recharging your body with vitamins such as Ginseng and Vitamin B. And it’s sugar free, which is a huge plus!
Written by Amber Jacobs