With schools starting mighty early in Dubai, morning time is often ‘commotion’ time in most households. There are sooooo many things to be done, and depending on the number of ‘herd in your cattle’, the degree of work just increases exponentially.
While some of you would say that my life with a single child is pretty simple as it is, let me add some fuel to the fire and tell you about ways in which I have tried to simplify it even further 😉
This is my modus operandi for a stress-free school morning.
- Number 1 on my list is a non-negotiable bedtime routine. Basically, if the subsequent day is a school day, every single minute post 8 pm counts. Be a shameless ‘party pooper’ if you have to, however, remember the challenge is only up until the point when the head hits the bed. Suddenly, life is bliss and continues to be until the next morning when you wake up to a well-rested little devil.
- SEAL THE MEAL. A ritual we practice every evening is that of discussing her meal plan for the next day – breakfast, snack, lunch, the works. We actually maintain a diary and record the minutest of details in it. To be honest, it works both ways – I never end up messing with her exact preferences while she knows precisely what to expect the next morning. Sure, surprises are GREAT… as long as they are directed towards someone else’s kid!
- If there’s a swimming bag to be packed, do it. If there are forms to be filled, do it. If there’s homework to be done, do it. Just not in the couple of minutes right before school please? My evenings are largely spent towards such and other school admin tasks besides tending to the demands of the husband who gets back from work at roughly around the same time – phew.
- Dress up days in school (and there are tons of them at primary!) warrant getting up that tad-bit earlier. Oh, and not to forget having a back-up plan. Because just the other day after I had prepped to dress her up as the owl from ‘Winnie the Pooh’ (with her consent, of course), she decided she wanted to go as a piglet after all. Pink is her favorite color, you see!
- Since I’m responsible for the school drop-off, I’m also the first to get ready every morning. Not belonging to the ‘best groomed’ category of mums further helps, as I then need to spend very little time doing so 😉 😉 Don’t get me wrong here – I’m not suggesting that you groom yourselves any less. I’m just trying to stress on the importance of time – basically, every single minute post 6 a.m. counts just as much, if not more!
- Finally, while it’s a great idea to plan, do keep in mind that no degree of planning is full-proof when it come to children. Having said that-early morning battles, last-minute calamities and teary tantrums are all part of the game and rather easy to deal with as long as you remember to BREATHE – the long, relaxing, calming kind! There’s a reason I’m so particular about my yoga classes after all 😉 😉
Fellow bloggers and parents – how do you maintain your sanity every morning? If you can add to this list or have a radically different approach altogether, I would love to hear from you.