Mornings are horrendous, especially with children. They take FOREVER to do anything, right? It’s time to get one parenting hack that can make them speed up and make it so that you’re not constantly giving them something to do while doing the million other things that have to be done in the morning.
Our one tip is called the “Morning Five.” It’s literally five things that the children do EVERY SINGLE MORNING. We even have an “Evening Five” set up for the bedtime routine.
My children are like me. They love a routine, knowing what they’re supposed to do and when. Having this single parenting hack has made it so I don’t have to tell them what to do on a morning.
The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM)
- 1. Get dressed (putting jammies away at the same time)
- 2. Brush teeth
- 3. Eat breakfast
- 4. Tidy room
- 5. Brush hair
Nothing should need my help. The only one they sometimes need my help with is brushing hair when it comes to tying it up. This is why it’s the last thing on the list to do, so they don’t need to constantly bug me when I’m making breakfast or doing their lunches. Both girls can manage their chores and as they get older, I’ll change those chores to something more useful around the house. You could have your children load the dishwasher or tidy their room on a morning.
Our evening chores are slightly different. This is when they do their room tidying and when they help with loading or unloading the dishwasher if it’s being used that day. So, there’s no need for our children to do them on a morning. You’ll find something that works for your needs for your children as you start using this parenting hack.
Tasks are all posted on the fridge too. We do it with a handprint—five fingers/thumb, five chores—and they can visually see what they have to do and count off the chores. Doing this makes things so much easier than them having to remember their chores.
The mornings are much easier to handle with the Morning Five. It’s time to beat the stress!