This got me thinking about a very different type of mornings: the ones you have when looking after school age children. I believe that bringing calm to a hectic morning is important for everyone -children, parents and nannies alike - and a good way to set the tone for the rest of the day. During my years of nannying, I have developed my own recipe to have a quiet start to the day.
Children love routine and time together so I always try to have quiet family chat time around the table with a nourishing breakfast. Both a great opportunity to see how everyone is feeling and for me to have a coffee! Even if you only have 10 minutes to spare, it is worth it and helps you connect with each other and be off to a good start.
All about the prep
It is always good to prepare breakfast the night before as much as possible so you will not be tempted to rush or skip it altogether. A good idea is to get the children to help out and be involved and hopefully they will grow up with the habit of enjoying breakfast time too.
Make sure shoes, coats, school bags, sports gear, books, hair ties, brushes combs, are always put away in same place, so easy to find as you go out the door.
Also, arrange to start getting ready to leave 10 mins earlier than planned.
Not every morning goes to plan totally get that ! ..but it's good to try ! .. in the meantime I'm enjoying the peaceful morning .... knowing it's not going to last forever!