Back to school (again): The 15-minute trick that is about to change your hectic mornings
I am ready for a lot of things when it comes to my children going back to school this coming week.
I am so ready for them to see all their friends again – not just the ones we live beside and have played with all along, but their whole, entire classes.
I am ready to do my job without also trying to teach 1st class maths (literally – I can't even teach junior infants maths, never mind anything even more advanced!). Or, worse, trying to understand any of their Irish books.
Oh, and I am so ready to drink my coffee while it is still hot.
However, one thing I am not ready for, though, is the morning rush.
I mean; these past two months (really, this entire past year) have been challenging in more ways than one, but honestly, I have to admit, I have thoroughly enjoyed the stress-free, very chill mornings, and feel a little reluctant having to now give them up once more.
Seriously – remember what it is like? *insert eye-roll emoji.
It's no wonder, really, that according to a study commissioned by Allianz Insurance, parents' stress levels are 30 percent higher in the mornings – and peak at around 8.15am. You know; the exact time you are trying to get your kids out the door every day.
However, there is something we can all do to make the morning rush less horrendous – and all it takes if 15 minutes of prep the night before.
According to parenting coach and author Judy Reith, all you need to do is spent 15 minutes the night before visualising your ideal morning plan … and then preparing for it.
"Change how you are seeing mornings and think about what you want to happen – reframe it," Reith told Netmums.
"The morning stress is often all about time. You don’t want your kids to get into trouble by being late to school. You feel anxious about the traffic. Alternatively, it might be you’ve got a big meeting so you absolutely have to be out the door on time. All this means that in the morning there is stress – you racing around like a maniac with your children having no interest in helping you."
However, here is how you change that:
"By doing something as simple as dedicating 15 minutes when the children are in bed, to organise the morning and spending that time packing your bag, laying out clothes, sorting stuff they need and having in your mind how you want the morning to go – it could make all the difference."
Tell us – do YOU prep the morning the night before? What do you always make sure is done before you go to bed at night?