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Morning Routines: 8 Strategies To Get Out The Door Faster -- And Less Frazzled

  First Posted: 07/25/2011 8:13 pm   Updated: 08/31/2011 6:12 am

As infants, our children wreak so much havoc on our sleep that morning can feel like an assault. As they get older, and begin to have lives of their own at preschool and daycare, mornings are less bleary but more hectic.That's why a morning routine is essential. Children thrive when they know what to expect and what they have to do. Implementing a morning routine will make them feel secure and prepared for the day ahead. Even more importantly, it will make your life a little less complicated. Here are several tips to keep morning chaos to a minimum:

Make lunch the night before
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While you're preparing dinner, take a few minutes to start putting together lunch for the following day. Peel and pack up fruits and veggies, fill water bottles, and make the sandwich if it won't get soggy. Knowing what's in the fridge will also help avert morning crises -- "what, we're out of sandwich bread?" Making lunch ahead of time also will avoid protracted negotiations with your child about what goes in their lunch box. "Sorry, no fruit leather today. Lunch is already packed."
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Even armed with this advice, there will be mornings you will find yourself in a standoff with your kids over breakfast, braids or Ben 10. (These will inevitably be the days you also happen to have an important morning meeting). When all hell starts to break loose, resist the urge to freak and do what mothers have been doing since time immemorial: take a deep breath and walk through the rest of your day.

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