Whether you are stay at home, a working mom, a new mom or a seasoned mom leaving the house on time with small children can be stressful.
Someone always seems to poop their pants, take off their shoes, or have a meltdown at the last minute. Even worse is the amount of time I spend looking for my phone that’s already in my purse, or the countless trips upstairs to grab one last thing. It’s sadly one of my biggest struggles, and biggest stresses, but I’m putting a few new tricks into place to help combat the stress and claim victory over my tardiness.
5 Tips for Leaving the House ON Time with Small Children (stress free)
1. Prep lunches, backpacks, diaper bags the night before.
I pack the entire lunch, put it inside the lunch box and put it in the fridge. Then it’s ready to take out in the morning.
Since we have multiple bags, blankets, lunch boxes going to the same place I use a large thirty-one utility tote to put all of our things inside one big bag. This gives me only one set of handles to carry as apposed to 5. I place this larger bag close to the door or even in the car depending on the weather.
2. Lay out clothes & shoes the night before.
I find outfits for everyone to wear the night before to help eliminate the clothing debate for the kids and myself. This is a huge time eater in the morning, and sadly an area that I often fail at. Shoes. They Stress. Me. Out. It seems like someone always has a meltdown when it comes to shoes. Or it’s just not fun to keep your shoes on for longer than 10 minutes? Or it’s really fun to take them off moments before walking out the door? I’m not sure what it is, but shoes are a hard subject. I’ve decided to keep a shoe box in the car with shoes and socks just in case it’s a bad shoe day. On the bad shoe days I’ll walk the kids outside without shoes and put them on in the car AFTER arriving to our destination.
3. Get dressed and ready before the kids.
This is a big one, and if you have to be somewhere in the morning it means setting your alarm before the kids normally wake up. I highly recommend creating a morning routine for yourself. This is a game changer for me! It gets me energized, focused and ready to conquer the day and getting out the door!
4. Understand that “Load Time” and “Leave Time” are different
I was taught this by a seasoned mama of two with kids in grade school. It’s been one of the best pieces of advice as a new mom of two!
Set your microwave timer, your iPhone alarm, or get an old fashion stop watch. Make sure everyone and everything is loaded into the car about 10 minutes before actual leave time. If your household is anything like mine, the last 10 minutes are typically the most stressful, especially if you don’t have 10 minutes to spare. Give yourself a time to leave, allowing for those last minute blow outs, shoe tossing, and disappearing items.
FACT. Leaving the house with small children is stressful. It’s best to de stress as much as possible and not dwell in the stress creating a snowball effect. I highly encourage praying this prayer over and over while your dealing with last minute issues. It will help focus you in on what truly matters. You can check out how I use essential oils to help relieve stress as well. Take a deep breath, it’s going to be OK!
I’ve also been using RESCUE products.
RESCUE Pastilles are the perfect way to de-stress on the go! I’m all about all natural, homeopathic options that help you stay calm and in control without added side effects. They even taste great :). They contain active ingredients Star of Bethlehem, Clematis Cherry Plum, Impatiens, and Rock Rose. These flowers soothe irritability, and help provide an overall calmness.
You can easily add them right into your diaper bag or car console, and pop one in as soon as you get into the car to help de stress while the kids scream. There are several other RESCUE stress relieving products that may also help you fall asleep. Be sure to download this coupon for RESCUE products. I found RESCUE pastilles at my local Whole Foods for $9.99. You can learn more, find deals and stay connected by following RESCUE on twitter and liking them on Facebook.
What do you do to help de stress when you are trying to leave the house with little ones?
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