Moms Most Stressful Time of Day is 8:25AM

by Amy Hilbrich Davis

in Home and Family Management,Personal Wellness

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Moms have a stressful job but the most stressful time of day for today’s busy moms is 8:25 A.M.  A recent study found that 8:25 A.M. was the peak of stress for most moms.

According to MyGloss.com:

The morning rush to get everyone in the house ready, breakfast and lunches prepared and out the door on time to make it to school and work causes the most tension. In a poll of over 2,000 working mothers, over 40% of the respondents said they were stressed out before even getting to their desks at work for the day.

Regardless of whether you work inside or outside the home, morning time requires a colossal amount of energy and patience. Many of us hit the sack late, are up throughout the night caring for young ones, and have barely had an hour’s rest before the sun rises.

So in the face of collapse and determined to love motherhood if it killed me, I created a morning routine that made life easier, more efficient, and more fun– for everyone.

Each new day starts off in the safety, warmth, and comfort of your bed. As your kids wake, you are the destination– not the playroom or kitchen. Your bed becomes the safe haven for a few more minutes of rest, as well as a time that brings you all together to read as a family. Being able to lounge in bed and relax (still in my jammies) for an extra 15 or 20 minutes before the activities of the day separated us meant everything to me.

After book time, everybody gets dressed for the day. This always happens before breakfast. The sooner your kids get dressed on their own, the better– for everybody. Bring little kids into your bathroom and provide them with books or toys while you get dressed and brush your teeth.

The night before, set out small, independent play toys that will occupy the kids while you get yourself your morning coffee. The toys go away when breakfast is ready, not to return until the following morning (making them exclusive and special). Kids thus learn patience, self-sufficiency and confidence from being encouraged to play on their own.

Make them part of the process of making breakfast—pouring their own milk, cereal, etc. Messes are easily cleaned and the pride kids feel from being trusted with these responsibilities is enormous. In return, you are given the opportunity to genuinely praise them for their efforts. Have food and utensils at their height so the kids can easily help themselves.

Breakfast isn’t over until your kids ask if they can be excused. They then clear their dishes.

Train your kids how to prepare their own lunch and praise their efforts. You’d be amazed how much better lunch tastes when kids pack it themselves.

Kids then put their lunches in their backpacks and head off to brush their teeth and hair. Shoes and jackets on, then you’re all out the door.

This may seem like a lot, but these lessons will give your early mornings shape and become a routine on which everyone can depend. I also created a morning checklist to keep everyone on track (sometimes the coffee just doesn’t kick in until noon).

Go here to view and download the checklist for free.

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