How do I create a calm morning?
- Prepare whatever you can from the night before. Clothes, lunches, even breakfast can be made in a slow cooker (like oatmeal). Or make simple, healthy, protein rich breakfasts (protein allows your child’s brain to function better, faster and retain information – it also allows helps your child follow instructions better);
- Teach your child his morning routine from early on, so that eventually, once he wakes he is on autopilot;
- The less chores for your child to do, the better. He can make his bed when he comes home if needed;
- As they eat, bring their lunches and anything else for school by the front door. This way if you are running out, you don’t forget something and have to run back;
- Put vitamins in a weekly pill case so that you have them all ready.
How do I create a calm evening?
- Get comfortable with using a slow cooker. Doesn’t get easier than having a delicious home cooked meal when you get home. Or cook together!
- Everyone sets the table and cleans up so that it goes faster. Also allows children to help and feel like they are part of unit, as well as offers a sense of responsibility;
- Less is better. No need for evening games, puzzles, etc. You can enjoy time together during story time;
- Bath time can be a nice bubble bath while you cook (just keep an ear out for them)
- Pick shorter story books during the week.
How do I chauffer less?
- Meet parents and begin taking turns car pooling
- Have less activities
More than anything, remember to create time to connect during the week, so that everyone is nurtured and filled with what is important as all is taking place during a busy schedule.