It’s five minutes before it’s time to leave for school and you’re frantically looking for a lost shoe or you’re trying to
find lunch money. Sound familiar? If so, you may be experiencing a common family problem called “morning madness.”
The rush to get everyone off to school and work is a challenge. Here are tips to help you manage morning madness:
Set your clocks ahead – It may be all psychological, but having your clocks & watches set 5-10 minutes ahead can keep you on schedule.
Lay out clothing for everyone the night before – including socks & shoes.
Have a cubby for children to keep items they need to take to school. Keep a box or basket near the door for children to keep their books, lunch money, coat, musical instrument, and anything else that they need to take to school. If you are a car rider, put your backpack and any other items needed for school in the vehicle at night so it will be one less thing to deal with in the mornings.
Start going to bed earlier. It may take your body a few weeks to get used to going to bed an hour or so earlier, but in the long run, you’ll find it easier to get up in the morning.
Get up earlier. Setting your alarm clock for 15 minutes earlier than usual will go a long way in easing morning madness.
Take time for breakfast. Make sure you allow 15 minutes for a nutritious breakfast.
Make a “Rise & Shine” chart.
If your child is a slow mover or must be constantly reminded to comb his hair or brush her teeth, make a chart with things that need to be done before they leave for school (wash face, comb hair, brush teeth, eat breakfast, get dressed, etc.)
Submitted by: Juli Hughes, County Coordinator
Mississippi State University Extension Service –Choctaw County 662-285-6337
Written by: Ted Gordon, Risk Management/Loss Control Manager