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I bribe myself every single school morning. You see, if I can get out the door with four children by a certain time, it means I have time to stop on the way to school at the local 7 eleven for a $1 coffee (it’s actually really good coffee!).
Ah, school mornings. I have good systems in place now that help with the rush, but it’s still – always – full on: making sure everyone is fed, dressed in the right clothes, has their lunch box and other items they need. My ultimate goal is calm, where everyone does what they have to get ready, and we all get to the car in time for mum to get her coffee.
There are other things I do (besides drinking coffee) that help in the morning, particularly when I know I have a busy month coming up. One is making sure breakfast is easy and making sure there is plenty of variety for the kids to choose from.
Three out of four of my kids love porridge, especially during the colder months. I personally like to make it with regular oats but realistically, on a school morning, it takes too long and my kids tend to eat at different times.
That’s why I like Uncle Tobys Quick Sachets because it’s a win-win situation at our place.
The kids: The kids love the oats: they can decide on different flavours and they are ready fast!
Mum: Oats give the kids that full feeling which is important at the start of the day. I also appreciate the portion size sachets, the minimal mess and how the products are made from wholegrain oats with no artificial colours and flavours.
I’ll give one small example of how a simple breakfast can help in the mornings. One of my daughters has sensory issues and some food texture/taste can bother her. With the oats, we’ve worked out how to make them exactly the way she likes (using less milk to make it thick and not sloppy) and she prefers the finer texture of the quick oats. You can see her bowl on the right there (not the way I like to eat porridge but she’s happy).
This is what we have is in our pantry at the moment.
- Creamy Honey
- Fruit Variety Pack
There are nine flavour varieties and you can check out the entire range here: Uncle Tobys Oats Quick Sachets.
The kids used the boxes as a house on our DIY Play Tablecloth.
I’ve been doing school mornings for 8 years now and an easy breakfast is one of the five steps I’ve pinpointed over the years that make mornings smooth.
1. Wake up early enough
If I could give just one tip for a calmer morning, it is this: get up earlier. Oh, it hurts to even write it but it’s true. Everyone needs time to wake up, warm up and get ready. Most mornings, I set my alarm for 5:30am and I start waking the kids up (if they are not already awake) from about 6:00am.
2. Have a routine
My older children develop their own routine now. For the younger children, they appreciate a sequence guide to follow. I insert a table into Word, and then together, we go through clip art images to make up their own personalised routine chart to stick on their wall.
In the past, I have also done up printables with morning / afternoon tasks the kids can tick off for the week. (You can print these PDF files if it’s helpful – just click on the image for the printable PDF file).
Tip: Laminate and then use a whiteboard marker to tick so the kids can rub it off and start again the next week.
3. Easy Breakfast
The bowls/plates and a variety of breakfast options are in an easy place for all to reach. They help themselves and then put the bowls in the sink when they are finished.
4. Use systems
I’ve developed different systems that help keep things organised for school, from where the shoes are kept to keeping the uniforms out of the bedrooms. The systems aren’t perfect, but it helps to keep the house running. You can read more about how I organise my kids for school here: Organising Kids for School.
5. Have something to look forward to
All the above is great, but I tell you, it’s the thought of coffee that gets me motivated at 5:30am in the morning! Making this little thing for myself part of the getting-to-school routine has made a huge difference.
School mornings don’t always go to plan. There are still missing socks and knotted hair, but I’ve learned to create the type of mornings I aim for by doing a little planning, facilitating the needs of the kids and giving myself something to look forward to. It’s about that balance.
I want to give one of you something to look forward to. What a treat it would be to experience a sunrise in a hot air balloon of a morning instead of making lunches! Thanks to Uncle Tobys, I’m giving away an experience gift voucher (that you can use for a variety of lovely things like hot air balloon rides and massages). Details below.
This awesome giveaway is for a $200 Red Balloon voucher (something special for mum) and ten packs of Uncle Tobys product (for the entire family to enjoy).
To enter, answer this question in the comments:
What’s your version of a dream school morning and how could Uncle Tobys Quick Sachets help?
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