School drop-off is in ten minutes and you’ve asked your kid to put his shoes on six times already, but he’s still sitting there casually poking his waffle. That’s when you realize that the waffle prodding means that he hasn’t brushed his teeth yet. Oh, and he has syrup down his shirt so that needs changing too. At this point, your blood pressure starts to rise and you’re barking out orders as you move through your home like a hurricane trying to get everything you need so that you can get out the door. It’s a stressful way to start the day (and one that guarantees a late slip).
If any of that sounds familiar, some structure is likely what you need in order to have more calm and less chaos in the early hours of the day. Fortunately, we got the full scoop from parenting educator Laura Linn Knight on how to start a morning routine for kids, so you can have exactly that.