10 Morning Life Hacks Tips to Save Your Sanity
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Mornings can be one of the trial by fire periods in our house. Not only am I not a morning person, but neither are my three homeschooling teenagers. (Let’s just say we are very glad we homeschool so they don’t have to be early risers) That’s why these 10 morning life hacks tips are a life saver! Ten little morning life hacks tricks we use that make sure I retain all of my appendages throughout the day, and that equals a win in my book!
Let’s meet the kids. We’ll introduce them with their super secret morning time code names. Let’s just hope it’s not morning time when they read this post or I might be in a lot of trouble. (If I go missing, you know why)
Meet Keiran aka The Room Dweller
Keiran loves her privacy, like most teenagers she is happy to grab an Jimmy Dean Simple Scrambles and retreat back to her room to finish her school work. We might see her again around dinner time.
Meet Brenden aka The Food Scarfer
Brenden has never met food that he can’t conquer. He eats his Simple Scrambles in one swell gulp. There might be some chewing between bites, but that can’t be confirmed.
Meet Bayla aka The Morning Diva
Bayla hasn’t met a morning that she hasn’t met with disdain. She prefers to eat her breakfast whenever she darn well feels like it, and it may or may not be before noon.
Now as you can imagine mornings are an adventure here in the Sears’s household. That’s why I’ve put together these 10 morning life hack tips and tricks so you can navigate your morning with ease. It’s still a work in progress, but these are tried and true tips for our teenagers. Hopefully they will help you survive the morning too.
10 Morning Life Hacks Tips That Will Help You Survive Feeding Your Teenagers
Tip #1: Have an easy to make breakfast handy: When kids would rather grumble at you than talk, having ready to make easy breakfast ideas is so important! That’s why we always have Jimmy Dean Simple Scrambles.
They come in three great flavors right now:
- Meat Lovers
- Bacon and
Each cup has two fresh eggs, that you just pour into the cup, add the other included ingredients. Pop it in the microwave and go!
Brenden is totally in love with the meat lovers, while Keiran is more of a sausage kinda gal!. That works for me because they each have their own package and there is no fighting over breakfast!
It makes it so much easier on me too, because my mornings are normally spent getting Bayla up and doing her medications while I do my fibromyalgia self care. That is really time consuming so it’s great to know that they have these easy options to feed their bellies. Grab a glass of milk, a Jimmy Dean Simple Scrambles, and they have a complete meal to keep them satisfied until lunch time.
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Tip #2: Prep, prep, prep: Anything and everything you can prep the evening before do it. Whether it’s setting up an easy breakfast section in the fridge or freezer, or putting papers for school work in folders for the morning, the more you have prepped the night before the smoother your morning will be. I put a basket in the refrigerator with all of my kids favorite Jimmy Dean Simple Scrambles, and then another basket in the fridge with pre-cut veggies, fruit, salsa and other breakfast goodies.
Tip #3: Pick your battles: If the kids are really cranky in the morning, pick your battles. If they are drowsy, make it a pajamas day. If they really don’t want to get going on school work until noon, make your schedule flexible enough so that you can accommodate that.
Tip #4: Routines are your friend: Even though it’s great to be in a routine, put in some cushion time for flexibility like mentioned in tip three, but at the same time let the kids know what to expect. We have a dry erase board on our fridge that I update each night that way when the kids are eating breakfast they can look at the schedule for the day to see what we are up to. It saves me time from having to explain it over and over again, and it also informs the kids what’s up for the day.
Tip #5: Let them have their say: Letting the kids have some say in how their days and mornings go is crucial especially they as the get older. We have ‘family meetings’ about once a week where we touch base with each of the kids and ask them how they like how our schedule is going. It’s a great way to get feedback on what’s working and what’s not in their worlds. The more they have some ownerships of it the less conflict and battle royales you might have.
Tip #6: Reward kids for their kick butt work: No one likes doing something over and over without a thank you or some recognition. Put your brains together with your kids and come up with a rewards system to tell them they are awesome when they do their work and take ownership of helping keeping the homeschooling routine work well for your family.
Tip #7: Invest in an awesome alarm clock: Alarm clocks can be your best friend! Don’t be simple and get a boring one that is right by the bed. Grab an alarm clock that starts to roll away, or grab one that when the alarm is going off, or an alarm my husband affectionately calls the Screaming Meanie, that is loud enough to wake up the neighbors!
Tip #8: Morning Journalling and Meditation: Ok, this tip is definitely where our “crunchy” side comes out, but it has done WONDERS for our kids. Each morning Bayla and I spend about 20-30 minutes just snuggling, journaling or meditating to get our day started. She is NOT a morning person at all. Rather than adding chaos to the morning, we wake up gradually get her moving little by little and it makes the WORLD of difference in whether she has a successful or a horrid homeschool day. Adding those extra 20-30 minutes to our morning is well worth the investment to slow things down just a little bit.
Tip #9: Teach your kids to be self-guided: Raising independent kids is a life saver! Starting as young as you think appropriate giving them small tasks to handle on their own is a great way to teach independence and help them learn. And when they become teenagers they are pretty much self-reliant. It is a big mom win and your kids have life skills other than getting up.
Tip #10: Relax and enjoy the win: Now that you are handling mornings like a pro, it’s time to enjoy the win! Every time you team up these 10 Morning Life Hacks tips and tricks with Jimmy Dean Simple Scrambles your morning is gonna rock. It leaves you with your sanity, and even time to enjoy a cup of coffee without wanting to pull your hair out!
Great tips! And I love the intro of your kids. Look like there’s quite a bit of personality in your home, lol.
Ash Sears says
We are definitely not short of personality here. Sometimes there’s a bit too much, it’s kinda chaotic!
Oh man, I wish I home schooled my last kiddo. Mornings are brutal for us both. Ha, ha. Summer has been such a snooze fest. Unless, it’s a sports morning. Great tips. & she is a grab and go breakfast eater. But, on the upside she’s in all honors and sports. I can’t complain, really! Happy summer. Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight Pinned & sharing.
Ash Sears says
Homeschooling has been a total blessing for us, but we still do have chaotic mornings!
My favorite one has to be Pick your Battles. Boy do I have to pick them. It’s like I’m running a hotel here sometimes. These are all great tips.
Ash Sears says
The pick your battles tip has been tried and tested for many years in our household ;). I’m sure you can relate!