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How to handle the morning (family) rush hour.

How to handle the morning (family) rush hour.

Welcome to blog number 6 of our family survival kit for creating a better work/life balance (while working from home). In this blog, we would like to talk to you about balancing work and family in the morning.

Welcome to blog number 6 of our family survival kit for creating a better work/life balance (while working from home). In this blog, we would like to talk to you about balancing work and family in the morning.

Balancing work and family is a challenging task for all working parents. 

Balancing work and family is a challenging task for all working parents. 

It helps to make a good start in the morning. This will have a positive effect on the rest of your workday. Imagine what it would feel like if you could get through the morning rush hour with less stress, fewer arguments with your children and enough time to do what you need to do in the morning. Your work and your family are both important in your life. If you feel unhappy in your work, it influences how you feel as a parent. If things are not going as planned in your family it has its effect on you as an employee. If you feel successful in one, it will make the other one easier.

Get organized

Get organized

It works best if you are organized. For example, prepare your children’s clothes in the evening or set the breakfast table in the evening. If you don’t have to do that in the morning, it will save you precious time.

Children need to learn to do things for themselves. Parents will have more time to get ready themselves if children can look after themselves. For example, you can teach your children to get their coats on by themselves or get their backpack ready for school. Of course, this depends on their age, but instead of doing everything for them, look for things they can do on their own and praise and encourage them.

Develop a leaving-home-routine

Develop a leaving-home-routine

It’s also a good idea to develop a leaving-home-routine.  Creating a leaving-home-routine will help you get more structure in your morning rush hour. You can make a plan together with your children. The following questions might help you make this plan;  how much time do we need as a family to get ready? What is a good time to get up? First breakfast or first getting dressed? When can children play (if there is time)? And at what time do you have to leave? 

If you found answers to these questions you can make a family schedule. If you want you can put in on a board or large piece of paper and put it somewhere everybody can see it. For younger children you can use icons that show what is expected from them, for children who can read you can write it down. 

It’s easier to manage a morning routine if you use the same routine every day.

If you have a partner make sure you work together as a team. If you are a single parent make sure you and your children work together as a team. You can divide the morning tasks fairly between partners or family members who are old enough to contribute. Because of work or other responsibilities the schedule might look different every week, that’s ok, as long as the schedule is clear and realistic for everybody in the family.

We hope these tips will help smoothen your morning routine! And that it will give you more energy going to work. 

Remember, working parents you are amazing!

If you have any questions; please feel free to contact us for an online parenting coaching session.