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How to Have a Morning Routine Without Tears

These tips can help you cut down on the chaos of your morning routine & get you out of the house with smiles on your faces, most of the time.

Updated April 29, 2024
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Real talk. We have had our fair share of crazy mornings in our house. You know, when at least one of the kids is screaming, and as soon as they calm down, another one starts. You’re trying to pack lunches and feed breakfast simultaneously. You finally get everyone dressed, only to find that one of the shoes—the only shoes that your child is willing to wear—is missing. Cue more tears. Mornings are rough, mamas. But some things can help you cut down on the chaos of your morning routine and help get you out of the house with smiles, at least most of the time.

5 Tips for a Successful Morning Routine With Kids

Follow these tips for a less stressful morning with your kids.

1. Sit Down With Your Kids and Discuss What Your Morning Routine Should Look Like

You probably know all the steps you’d like them to take and the order in which you’d like them to do those steps. But they probably know most of those steps, too, and if you can include them in the process of creating the routine, they will take so much more ownership of it when the rubber meets the road. So sit down with them and ask them to help. Ask them, “What do you think we need to do in the morning, and in what order should we do it?” Of course, you can help guide this discussion, but if the plan they come up with is reasonable, go with it. They’ll love being able to take a leadership role in helping to craft their routine and ultimately will be more excited to put it into action when they feel some level of control over it.

2. Create a Picture Chart That’s Easy for Them to Follow

List the steps they came up with (with your input) and draw pictures next to each. Then, hang your list at eye level so they can follow the steps each morning by looking at the chart. I’ve done this with my kiddos as young as two years old, and it worked beautifully. My kids also love sticker charts, so whenever we start a new routine, they get a sticker chart to add a sticker to each morning after a job well done.

3. Prepare the Night Before

Preparing as much as possible the night before will help your morning go smoother. Pack lunches, set out clothes, fill backpacks, and even prep breakfast if possible. You will thank yourself in the morning. Trust me.

4. Wake up Before Your Kids

If you’re not a morning person, this one can be rough. But I will repeat it, trust me. If you give yourself enough time to wash your face and take a few moments of quiet time before you wake up your kids, you will be much calmer and ready to conquer the day. I’ve started setting my alarm for 5 am every morning, and every time it goes off, I think to myself, “Why did I do that? This was a terrible idea. I’m going back to sleep.” But when I force myself to get out of bed, shower, and read for a few minutes, I feel like a new woman. That way, when I wake my kids up, I am way more on top of my game, and my level of patience is 1,000 times higher.

5. Schedule Time Before Your Routine Starts to Allow Kids to Wake Up Slowly

My kids love their snuggle time when they wake up. I’ve learned that scheduling wake-up time is essential for our mornings. When I don’t allow time for it, our mornings suffer greatly. It’s so worth it to shift their sleep schedule and get them to bed a little earlier at night so that you can wake them up a little earlier in the morning. It has made a night and day difference in our house. When I don’t allow for this time, they are irritable all morning and throughout the entire routine. The morning goes much smoother when I build in an extra 20-30 minutes for snuggles or quiet play before we get everyone started on their routine.

Do you have other things you’ve implemented into your mornings to help get everyone out of the house more easily? I would love to hear your ideas! Mornings set the tone for the day, so I love to try as many creative ideas as possible to make them fun and enjoyable!

If mornings have been a struggle for you lately, you’re not alone. I’ve so been there, and I know how hard it can be. It will get better, mama. You’ve got this! I’m here, hoping your mornings get a little easier.

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Lauren is a wife and momma to 3 little people. She spends her days finding creative ways to engage her kiddos in the world around them. She loves all things… Read more

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