As we all know, there is a lot to keeping a family running. You have to stay on top of clean clothes, lunches, making sure your kids have soccer cleats or karate uniforms or whatever...there's just a lot to do, and it can make mornings completely insane.
The key to stopping the insanity? Shift as much as you can to the evening hours.
I pack lunches, lay out outfits for my kids and for me, make my to-do list for the next day, and assemble any school or work-related paperwork and put it in the relevant spot (work bag, purse, kids' backpack). If I blow it off, I am invariably running around in the morning well after I should have had everyone in the car for school, muttering swear words under my breath and tripping over the dog. If I have put the time in at night, it's smooth sailing.
Of course, that's because I am a night person and do not function well with any sort of higher order thinking in the morning..it seriously has taken me five minutes of pondering to decide if I want cereal or toast. If you're a morning person, you probably have no trouble getting up early enough to get all your chores done and can do them efficiently.
Are you a "prep the night before" person or a morning dynamo type? What are your tips to reduce the morning chaos?
Going to baseball games
Riding bike rides in the nice weather
Playing outside after work/school
Going for walks outside