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8 tips for a smooth family morning routine

Oct. 21, 2014 Times Online

Ah, mornings. Sometimes they go smoothly and my day is lovely. Other times, I feel like I’m behind before I’ve even begun. If your house feels like a staging zone for a major event as you try to get everyone ready and out the door each day, these ideas for changing your family’s routine will leave you smiling.

Get a good night’s sleep. I like to say that a good day starts with a good night’s sleep. Then my kids roll their eyes at me. But really, if you get enough sleep, you’re more likely to wake up refreshed with enough energy to get going. Encourage your children to get to bed on time as well so you’re not wasting time dragging them out of bed. Sleep is what helps our bodies refresh, regenerate and stave off illness. Learn how much sleep you need each night (I do best with around 8 hours) and then strive to get it as often as you can.

Choose a simple, healthful breakfast. After years of trying to make nice, hot breakfasts for my family each morning, I realized I resented both the time and the mess. Now we choose quick breakfasts for mornings when we’re on the go, and we use weekend mornings or dinners for more involved meals like crepes and waffles.

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