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How To Keep Your School Mornings Calm.
The start of the day can often be the most challenging part of a parents school day. Here are a few hints to help you out.
How do you keep school-mornings calm?

I know that my reaction to the kids can send a frantic morning into a nightmare-so here are 6 steps to help you go with the flow!

1. Get enough sleep yourself.
I'm good at putting my kids to sleep at a decent hour, but not so good about doing it myself. It's tempting to stay up late, to enjoy the peace and quiet, but 7:30 a.m. comes fast, and being overtired makes the morning much tougher.

2. Sing.
As goofy as it sounds, I try to sing in the morning. It's hard to sing and still maintain a grouchy mood! Singing sets a happy tone for everyone-particularly my crazy 'Good morning, good morning, the sun is up-it's time to wake' song which is ridiculously happy for that time of the morning!

3. Say "no" only when it really matters.
Wear a bright red shirt with bright orange pants and bright green shoes? Sure. As Samuel Johnson said, "All severity that does not tend to increase good, or prevent evil, is idle." Don't sweat the small stuff-keep your 'no's' for the big stuff that really makes a difference.

4. Get organized the night before.
It's so hard to take the trouble to wrangle all the stuff together the night before, but it really pays off. You know the deal-what can go wrong will go wrong when you are on a tight time-frame! Those last-minute dashes for homework sheets, making lunches or empty paper-towel rolls are hard to bear with equanimity when you are already running late. Getting organised the night before allows you to have a laugh with the children and to be more relaxed with your morning snails. This starts your child's day off positively too!

5. Have a precise routine.
This sounds counter-intuitive, and I'm not sure it would work for everyone, but in my house-things run smoothly if everyone gets up early and knows what is expected. At 6:45 a.m, my big boy is up and can have a little TV time while eating breakfast. At 7:15, Master Three year old is awake and demanding attention! At 7:30, my big boy wakes up his slower moving and 'I hate mornings' sister. Knowing these exact times keeps my big boy moving and and stops him from stressing too much about those of us that love our warm beds "just a minute longer" At 8:10 it's 'load up' time when everyone does the last minute dash for what they need -ready for an 8:15 off to school!

6. Caffeine.
If you need your caffeine, make sure you can get your caffeine! I usually manage to drink a huge mug of my favorite coffee before we leave the house. It's even better if you schedule in 5 minutes to relax and drink it!

Give it a go! I'm off to follow my own advice!

Good luck and may the positive morning force be with you! (and me)

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