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One of our fave charts...stuck on the fridge!

One of our fave charts…stuck on the fridge!

Over a coffee with a lovely girlfriend this week, I started to think about the fab tips I have collected over 11 years of parenting.

Each time I heard/saw/read a good tip over the years, I have trialled it and if it’s a winner I have added it to our morning routine.  With four kids and two adults to get ready each day these save us all a lot of time and stress.

So because I think you guys are my friends too, here are a few of my faves:

  • Bag drop stop – create a bag drop spot. Maybe it’s near the front door, maybe it’s a hat-rack, maybe it’s a combo!  Whatever you decide, make it the kids job to drop their bag off/pick it up from there.  You can even add a lap-top charge station if you need to.  Add a spot for hats and shoes and you are ready to roll.  Here’s some pics for ideas…
  • Uniform shop – put all of the school uniforms in one spot.  I wash then hang uniforms straight up on a coat hanger and onto a small cloths rack. We have a basket nearby for school socks.  We also keep sports/dance/swim bags here too – packed and ready to go.
  • Lunchbox production line – get the kids involved! Make it the kids job to place lunch boxes on the bench when they arrive home.  In the morning, have snacks in one container, fruit in a bowl,  and let the kids assemble their own lunch.  This helps each child to take responsibility for what in their lunchbox and you can chat about healthy choices at the same time…winning!  Here’s some lunch-box inspiration.
  • Ban technology/ TV – no tv/iPad/phone/internet/devices until everyone is dressed and ready to go.  Stay firm on this one, let the kids know that technology is a no-go until there are dressed and ready.  Lead by example – no Facebook/ phones for adults either until you are ready too!
  • Breakfast all round. Make breakfast part of the morning routine, smoothies, toast, boiled eggs, cereal…whatever works with your crew!  Just make it simple, quick and as healthy as you can.  No breakfast equals grumpy kids (and grown-ups!).

I am sure you could add to the list!  What are your fave tips to get moving in the morning?

Enjoy xx

 

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This week I spent a couple of hours flying on a plane to the far north of Queensland.

During the two flights it took to get me to the tropical north, I read an interesting book; Focus (Daniel Goleman).

One of the points that jumped out at me was how distracted and possibly disconnected we can all become in an age where technology and information is at our fingertips all the time.

It was exacerbated by travelling with a whole bunch of adults with smart phones, tablets and laptops. Heads down missing the beautiful scenery as we arrived in Cairns.

Missing the crazy chaos of Cairns airport filled to the brim with tourists and travellers.

Missing the cloak of mist on the range in front of us and the slowing in pace since we left Brisbane.

In my lifetime we have moved rapidly from landlines and letters to social media platforms and streaming.

All day and all night you can access everything. All of the time.

The advent of all of this new technology also brings new dilemmas as a member of our society and a parent.

How much technology is too much?

How much screen time should my kids have?

Should babies be allowed to have access to technology?

What about hand-writing?

How can I prepare my kids for the future?

How young is too young for owning a mobile/smart phone?

I don’t have all of the answers to these big questions, but after reading about some of the pitfalls and potential benefits, I plan to be more mindful when I get home.
In the meantime I plan to enjoy the sights of the far north while I am here, and leave my smart phone in my bag.

Enjoy xx

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