If your household has to be out the door by 8 in the morning (or earlier), it can be a mad rush. Whether you’re a single parent or couple, a bit of pre-planning can help make it a little bit smoother and ensure you avoid the morning rush.

Make a list of what needs to be done to get ready in the morning.

Sure you have to get yourself up and ready but what else needs to happen?

Breakfast, putting on the laundry, stacking or emptying the dishwasher, making lunches, packing bags, dressing the baby, feeding the dog.

It all has to happen, so write it all down, divvy up the tasks and know what you need to do.

Give yourself enough time to do all your morning tasks

Now you know what you need to do in the morning you can allocate enough time for it.

If you’re getting up at 7 and still rushing around at 8, try getting up at 6.45.

That extra 15 minutes could be the difference between a pleasant start to the day or a stressed out family.



Do what you can to be ready for school or daycare the night before

Make lunches, pack bags, select and iron your outfit. Even load the washing machine so it just needs to be turned on in the morning.

Make sure older kids are prepared as well. Have they given you notes from school, finished their homework and got their uniform and bag ready? Yep. Wow.

Outsource what you can – if you can afford it

Work out the sticking points and find a solution.

You may well find a university student who is happy to work from 7-9am a couple of days a week who can drop the kids of at daycare or school then pop back to your home to put on the washing or hang it out, vacuum and stack the dishwasher. Trust me, even twice a week makes a huge difference.

Or find an ironing service, cleaner or dog walker who can take some of the pressure off.

If you don’t want to pay someone to do those everyday tasks but you know the neighbours, arrange a share situation.

Plenty of people have found that having a share-care system such as one of you doing school drop off and the other doing pick up (or drive to after-school sports) to be hugely beneficial.

Remember it takes a village to raise a child!

Minimise distractions

It can be tempting to plonk your child in front of the TV with their breakfast while you get yourself organised but this can backfire when they refuse to get ready because they’d rather watch TV.

Stick to the same routine so your child knows what to expect. Breakfast, wash face & brush teeth, get dressed, do hair. Simple! Hahahaha

Please let us know what other sanity and time saving tips you have for the morning routine. We’d love to know!

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  • GREat tips. I’m up early to get everything ready and then we use the clock to point out how long we have to do each task. My little one is slowly learning time management skills whilst still being Able to be a slow poke kid at times

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  • These are some great practical tips.

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  • Good ideas. I get as much done night before. Brain abit mushy in morning!

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  • we have no tv until they are totally ready to leave, otherwise they are too preoccupied to get ready

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  • Yasss!i try to do what i can the night before but for somw reason it still feels hectik

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  • We do as much as we can the night before and then on the morning, don’t get distracted reading the paper or watching tv when you should be getting ready!

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  • I would have to say organise as much as you can the afternoon or night before & try & get the family to help you. Make a game out of it. Routine is also crucial!

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  • Yes, my day goes much better if I organise things the night before! Lunches, clothes, etc.
    I also went through a stage of waking up half an hour before my kids and had coffee, made their breakfast so my day didn’t start with kids sooking about wanting breakfast. Makes a massive difference!

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  • The idea of outsources is interesting. I have had a theory that you should never pay someone to do something that you can do yourself. I think cleaning the house and doing chores is a family activity – make it fun and get all involved!

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  • It is amazing how many people say outsourcing is the answer – it means less time doing things together as a family and as such should be put into your own schedule not a paid professional.

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  • I spend too much time on my phone lol
    Put it away!!

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  • Great tips. I always made sure I organised lunches and outfits the night before. And hopefully this will still work when I go back from maternity leave.

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  • Try and pack all bags the night before and do any tasks that can be done before hand to give you a head start, like our out cereal bowls cutlery and cereal or plates. Toaster etc
    And I’d tiyr really rushed for time, there’s nothing wrong with kids eating in the go on the odd occasion. Miss 3 has eaten a jam sandwich and the little Bub as sucked on a Heinz squeeze tube in the back of the car on the way to appointments or care.

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  • I’m a big fan of being organised but I also like getting up before my daughter to get sorted before she’d up.

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  • it is soooo nice when a day goes to plan in the morning and we get to school and work on time!

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