Get Real Mama's Tips For A Stress-Free Morning:
The key is to be prepared! Get things ready the night before.
- Set out outfits for every member of the family, involve your kids in selecting their clothing.*
- Set up coffee, so all you have to do is press a button. ****
- Set the breakfast table.*****
- Have an activity/craft available to entertain children while you shower and dress ******
**** Consider adding a "splash" of Kahlua to your morning joe. Take a sip. Consider a second cup of "coffee"
***** Be sure you set out matching cereal bowls to avoid the "He got the BLUE BOWL" conflict. Anticipate that even if you selected two identical bowls one child will still throw a temper tantrum because his brother's bowl is BLUER! Factor in an additional ten minutes for conflict mediation over who has the most cereal in the bluest bowl. Factor in an additional five minutes to clean up the bowl of cereal or glass of milk that will certainly be spilled. Multiple times.
****** Your children will hate whatever activity you plan. They will fight over markers, scribble on the baby, and use scissors on your tablecloth. You might as well just invite over the ever reliable babysitter-SpongeBob Square Pants.
HAVE ANOTHER CUP OF VODKA ERR...COFFEE.