How I Survive BUSY School Day Mornings

Jul 28, 2018 | Mom Life

They say time flies fast when you have kids. That’s true. In fact, I can’t believe my girls are already studying in big school wherein their day starts as early as 5:30 am. Unlike last school year where my eldest and I leave our house around 6:00 am, this year is a different story.  It was always busy, hectic mornings for me because I have to get two kids ready for school, prepare their baon, and make sure I look decent when dropping them off. Don’t even get me started on waking them up. I always have to deal with “It’s so early mom” or “I’m still sleepy” or “Why do I have to go to school?” every single morning. 

The biggest challenge of all is keeping my cool when everything else is so stressful. As much as possible, I avoid shouting at my kids to hurry up because number one, it’s pointless; and number two, me being mad ruins their mood, which they could bring in school. 

So, here is a list of the things I do to help me survive hectic school-day mornings because I surely don’t want to look old and those wrinkles at 30: 

Rule for My Kids: Sleep Early, Wake Up Early

I am so proud of this. My kids are tucked in bed by 7:30 pm and they are sleeping soundly before eight. Putting them to bed early makes it easier for me to wake them up the following morning. This lessens the tug-of-war with the blanket too. Haha!

How did I do it? Check out my tips in making them sleep early. 

Rule for Momma: Wake Up Early, Too

This one, I’m not so proud of. I’m not a morning person, but as the kids’ designated driver, I have no choice but to bring them school since they start early. I do my best to wake up as early as possible, but fail several times. This is because I usually sleep late at night, usually before 12 midnight, because there are so many things that needs to be done. Nonetheless, I try my best to wake up early, usually around four in the morning, so I will have more time to prepare for the kids’ baon and do my thing as well. 

Chores are Done at Night

This is a MUST. Since waking up early is a bit of a challenge for me, I just make sure that I do chores at night and not in the morning. This includes:

  • Washing the dishes, pots, and pans. This also includes the kids’ Yumboxes and water bottles. 
  • My breakfast. I got rid of rice, so my breakfast is more on salad and leftover from dinner. I prepare breakfast at night so it’s just grab and go the next day. 
  • Kids’ school stuff like bags, book envelopes, and uniform. Getting their things ready at night will lessen the possibility of leaving something at home – a situation I don’t want to happen. 
  • Cleaning the house. 
  • Laundry!

My kids also take a bath at night so they can sleep longer. Waking them up early is already a challenge. Giving them a bath early in the morning is another challenge I don’t want to go through since this will surely test my sanity.  

Bye-Bye, Bento Baon

I have nothing against #bentomommas. In fact, I’m jealous of them because personally, I know that I can’t do that. I don’t have the artistic hands to do so and I don’t want to exert too much effort on the presentation of food (although I secretly wish I could do that too). I just prepare simple and healthy baon for my kids, and placed / arranged neatly in their Yumbox. 

Exercise is a Must

Believe it or not, there is something about morning exercise that keeps me pumped throughout the day. I may not do this consistently but I do my best to workout even for 10 minutes every morning to awaken my sleepy mind and body. It gets me energized and more importantly, I have a better mood. 

What about you mommas? What do you do to make mornings less hassle and hectic? 


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