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Morning routine ~ how to create a calm morning routine.

 how to create a calm morning routine

How do I get my kids out of the door without any fuss?

The answer is by creating a calm morning routine.

We all have those hideous mornings where we stagger into school looking like we’ve just been dragged through a hedge backwards, nerves in tatters and ready to cry.

What is the reason for these hideously chaotic mornings?

It can be anything from

  • missing shoes
  • missing  keys
  •  someone refusing to put their clothes on
  • someone not wanting to put a coat on in mid winter
  • someone refusing to  eat their breakfast
  • refusing to get in the car
  • refusing to get their seat belt on
  • refusing to get their seat belt off
  • refusing to get out of  the car………

Etc etc, but mostly its all of the above, every single morning !

So what can we do to stop these major meltdowns and non compliant mood swings?

Nothing ! Nothing?

Yes, you heard it  nothing!  We can do nothing to get these little people of ours to be more responsive to our many orders to get them out of the door , this will only fall into place as they get out of this ridiculously stubborn phase.

But , we can however smooth out the wrinkles in our morning routine to try to get us into a position to have the time and patience to face these tantrum filled mornings head on,  a sort of head start on the kids!


Try these few simple steps in your morning routine to get your kids out of the door with less fuss.


Lay it out the night before!  

This means everything!

Here is a list of what I lay out the night before;

  • cereal
  • plates/ cutlery/ cups
  • School bags with books /homework inside!
  • PE kits
  • swimming kits
  • forms /letters /money need for next day
  • drinks bottles ready to be filled
  • vitamins/medicine
  • uniform including shoes upstairs
  • my clothes and shoes
  • lunch boxes made up and in the fridge
  • keys
  • purse


My method

The secret to our morning routine is to not allow anyone down stairs unless they are  fully dressed including their shoes.

This eliminates  both the

  • last-minute lost shoe palava
  • shoe refusal episode

so,  that’s two arguments prevented already!

It also makes the holidays and weekends  special as they get to have a few hours in their pyjamas before getting dressed.


No TV or tablets! 

Imagine you’re a child , what better way to start your morning than to zone out watching TV.

Imagine how cozy and relaxed you are.

Now imagine being dragged outside to work on a cold winter morning in the middle of your favourite game or TV programme .

Make it easy for yourself leave the TV and tablets for relaxing !

This might be a difficult habit to break but stay strong the rewards are endless.

Make sure there are toys, books or art equipment to relieve their boredom!


Get up earlier than the kids.

I appreciate this is probably impossible for the majority of mums and dads out there . With all the little early risers and the light sleepers there are very few parents who are up before their kids, but if you can , when you can , try to get up before the rest of the house wakes.

This gives you time to get organised, get showered and dressed to your shoes and get any chores such as emptying the dishwasher or doing a laundry load uninterrupted which in turn makes you calmer and ready to face the barrage of demands that ensue the minute your kids open their eyes!

I’m always amazed at how much calmer I am  when I get that rare time to  get ahead in the morning and maybe even get time for a coffee!

I’m currently writing this post at 5.30am while everyone else is asleep!


Plan ahead

Keep a weekly planner of all the kid’s after school activities, play dates,  and in school activities and check it every evening.

You can download a  free copy of all my beautiful  family planners here FREE PRINTABLE PLANNER PAGES.

Make sure everything is ready for them to take into school or ready to grab straight after school.

I try to get all sports kits ready for the whole week as soon as they dirty they are washed and packed back into their bags for next time.

I keep sports kits in distinctive  bags in the  kid’s wardrobe and get them to bring what they need down the night before, this makes them have some responsibility for the stuff they need on certain days which means they know what they need, when they need it if on the rare occasion I am ever ill or I forget!


  • swimming kit
  • PE kit
  • football kit
  • musical instruments
  • spare clothes for playdate/sports events
  • snacks /drinks needed
  • money for activities


If you as a parent minimise the many things which can go wrong and reduce some of the chaos you will find yourself in a position to deal with the tantrums and the obstinate behaviour in a calm and level-headed manner.

If your little one knows he doesn’t get his breakfast until he is dressed he will get dressed  as a routine as soon as he gets up , every morning !

Stick to a morning routine every day so your little ones know what to expect and there are no surprises, when they have a little bit of control of their mornings via a planned routine they know what to expect and stop trying to control the situation themselves.

Make sure your child is asleep early on a school night as a tired child is often a grumpy non compliant child !


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Practical Tips To Stop The Spread Of Gastroenteritis Or Norovirus

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Stop the spread of Norovirus

Well , with winter well and truly upon us we hit that time where we dread to hear someone tell us they’ve all had the Norovirus sickness bug . We want to run screaming to the hills just incase they’re not quite out of quarantine and symptom free yet , we politely make our excuses to leave but it’s too late we know we are next !

So , other than locking ourselves away all year how can we ensure that we get through this bug as painlessly and as quickly as possible . It’s not going to be pretty but a few simple tips can help stop the spread of the Norovirus to other household members .

Firstly what are the symptoms?

Vomiting and diarrhoea which lasts one or more days .

How do we help someone who is sick ?

Make sure they are well hydrated by drinking sips of water regularly.
Keep them at home with plenty of rest until they are well enough to return to school or work ( after 48 hours symptom free) .
Use paracetamol or ibuprofen to control temperature/fever.

How can you help protect yourself and your family ?

  •  Wash your hands with liquid soap after every time you’ve cleared up urine , sick or faeces .
  • Ensure the person who is sick is washing their hands thoroughly .
  • Clean and sanitizer all areas thoroughly before and after caring for a sick family member.
  • Wash hands before eating or handling food.
  • Wash hands after using the toilet .
  • Use separate towels.
  • Do not mix with other children or adults until symptom free.
  • Wash soiled towels and bedding on the hottest wash you can .
  • Please remember small children , the elderly , pregnant women and people with chronic illnesses can be very vulnerable to the virus.

Note: If your child is refusing fluids, has blood in their stools, an unusual rash, stiff neck , is unusually sleepy , has difficulty breathing or any other symptoms ring your GP or take them to hospital.
click here for the NHS emergency helpline



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