“We need to leave earlier for school” said one of my sons this week.
And he’s right. His school day starts a few minutes earlier this year, and we need to adjust our mornings accordingly.
(I wish that, way back when, a more seasoned parent had told me that when School says “The doors open at 8:15, the day begins at 8:25”, what they really mean is “make sure your child is already in line at 8:15 when the door opens”. I’ve wised up a lot in 15 years.)
In typical Me / Mom fashion, I reminded my son that being on time is ultimately up to him. But also in typical Me / Mom fashion, I know there are things I can do to make an earlier departure happen.
Where do we find an extra 10 minutes in the morning? To be early instead of on-time, or on-time instead of late? To catch an earlier train or bus, or meet with a teacher for help with an assignment?
Everyone, STEP AWAY FROM THE DEVICES!
Checking FB or email, posting to Instagram or texting while someone else drives? These can all wait.
Turn off the TV, too.
Have you noticed? If the TV is on, people must stare at it. It could be a test pattern (do they even have those anymore) or a lame commercial, and people will still stop and stare. TURN IT OFF, and remove the temptation.
Take breakfast with you.
Grab and go with a granola or Clif Bar, banana, a Tervis go-mug with milk, juice or hot chocolate (when it’s cold!)? Looks like breakfast to me. For next time, create a breakfast basket, stocked with nutritious, quick and easy options like apples, bananas, granola and breakfast bars.
Get over carrying your favorite.
Got a favorite mug or cup? Is it still dirty from yesterday? Tough love here, but get over it, find a new favorite for today, and get on with things. (If you think I am only talking about little kids with this one, you’re wrong. I’ve seen many cabinets stuffed with re-useable coffee mugs or water bottles that never get used, while the favorite gets used every day).
No, you do not have time for one more thing.
Know the difference between Needs and Wants.
We need to bathe and eat and wear clothes and brush our teeth. That’s about it for the Needs. The rest of our morning efforts are more likely Wants than Needs. Take care of needs first, and then start taking care of wants, if time allows
Invest in duplicates.
Buy extra socks. Or umbrellas, go-mugs, phone charger or earphones. Buy extras of that thing that you or your kids or co-workers always seem to have to run back in the house to retrieve before you can leave (for us, it seems to be the last minute search for the correct black socks.)
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