Things that Make for a Smoother Day

This morning, Joshua woke up at 7:30 and Lucas at 8:00. That seems to be the normal routine right now. Joshua and I get dressed and ready for the day, play downstairs a bit and then we go get Lucas. One thing I have really been working on this week in parenting world,  is planning our day’s. Over the course of 2.5 years, I’ve learned a few things that have made my days easier and things that make the days frustrating and tiring. I’m trying to actually do the things that I know help me. 🙂

Things That Help: 

  • Having clothes laid out and ready to go 
Even though it really only takes 30 seconds or so to get clothes out of the drawers, it still seems like a chaotic event at times when we’re in a hurry to leave the house. Especially if I can’t find a particular item I’m looking for, or a pair of socks, things can really get crazy. If I spend just the minute or two the night before to lay out socks, pants and a shirt, it saves me time in the morning. 
  • Snacks for the day ready to go
  • Getting dressed right after waking up and before going downstairs for breakfast. 
I actually just tried this one this morning and it was awesome! Usually, we wake up and go downstairs to play and eat for a while. Then, we go upstairs to get dressed and ready for the day before we leave. This morning, as soon as Lucas woke up, I told him we were going to start a new routine of getting dressed as soon as we wake up and before we go downstairs. It went so well and saved us so much time! 
We came downstairs, had breakfast (toast and eggs) and were ready to go by 8:45! Wow. I didn’t know what to do with so much free time in the morning. Usually we don’t leave the house for our outing until 10ish, but this morning was so different. I decided to go to the gym and let the kids play for a while. We got there at 9:15 and right after we walked in they put up a “we are full” sign.” Just 15 minutes after the play center opened at 9! I couldn’t believe it got busy so fast. It was seriously chaotic in there and way overwhelming and stimulating. Even though there were three people working and 25 kids, it was just disastrous  When I walked in at 10 to pick up my boys, children were crying and dirty diapers were exploding. I saw them looking at the sign in sheet, trying to figure out which kids were what and who the parent’s were. I kindly suggested they get some name tags to put on the kids. 

I think I’m going to pick a different time frame to take my kids to the day care at the gym, because it was just too crazy for me! 
After gym, and realizing it was only 10:00, I decided to go to the park. 
Park time, dropped off hubby’s lunch, then home for naaaaps!! This means some relaxation time for me too, as I have to work from 5-10pm tonight. These make for long days! *yawn!* 

What things do you do that make your day smoother and easier with kids? Share your tips! 

Published by Samantha Mellen

Certified personal trainer & health coach helping women transform their lives through fitness, abundant mindset coaching and internal peace. Mom of two boys, living life in Alaska.

3 thoughts on “Things that Make for a Smoother Day

  1. To make our days go smoother I have begun making myself get up an hour before my kids do. Instead of spending our whole morning trying to get a few things accomplished I now spend 45 minutes accomplishing things that need to get done. I also do my quiet time during this time so I start my day on the right foot.

    Now when my kids get up I can focus on them and we can do more things together rather than them having to entertain themselves while I empty the dishwasher/hang diapers to dry/pick up the kitchen/do paperwork/plan dinner etc…

    I'm in a much better mood too because my house isn't in chaos and I don't have tasks hanging over my head.

    Like you, I'm surprised when it's only 9am when we walk out the door!

    Like you, there are way more

  2. I get up before the kids to exercise and shower then we have the same schedule every day:

    6:30-7:30 depending on what time they wake up- get up, brush teeth, make bed, get changed etc
    7:30-8ish free play time (I nurse the baby)
    8ish – 9ish breakfast- we have a certain meal on a certain day so it's quick to make. When the kids are done eating they go play and I clean up.
    9-9:30ish- feed the baby breakfast and finish cleaning up- the older kids play. If we're done early we'll read books together
    9:30-11:45 If it's nice out we go outside to a park or for a walk. Sometimes we fill the kiddie pool up and swim. In the winter the older kids get to watch a video while I put the baby down for a napthen we play/read/draw etc. Someimtes they help me do things around the house that need to be done. I also get things ready for lunch and sometime dinner items too. ONe day a week is cleaning day and the kids love to help vacuum and clean windows.
    11:45ish nurse baby
    12ish-1ish make, eat and clean up lunch
    1-1:30 read books/put laundry away/play
    1:30-3:30ish nap time for the young children- my older son has a number of activities he can choose from that are just for that time- like playdough, puzzles, tracing books, games etc
    3:30 nurse baby and then start things for dinner

    Then they eat, play, have baths and go to bed. Because we do the same routine every day they know what to expect and it makes things much easier. If I have an appt to go to I plan it for our 'out' time or get someone to watch the kids during nap time while I go.

    Other things that really help are meal plans for breakfast, lunch and dinner and even setting hats and shoes out the night before saves a great deal of time.

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