The “Let’s Start Fresh” morning meal planning download is the secret sauce to keep mornings running smoothly, especially for any busy family! Download this free printable and use to keep mornings on track, it’ll help whether kids run out to school or you’re looking for homeschool tips to help get the morning started on the right foot.
As I’m sure you know, life happens. In our busy family, I never quite know what the morning is going to bring. But of one thing I’m certain, it won’t always go just as I plan.
Time keeps on slippin’, as the song goes, into the future. And the truth is, time waits for no one. The hands of the clock spin whether we dare them to or not. If it were something I could control, my babies would probably still all be babies!
It’s the common denominator in all of our lives, the one common factor we all share, no matter what walk of life, or place in this vast world we live.
While we only get so much time, we are all able to spend from the banks of that clock as we wish. Withdrawals are made for work and sleep, for eating and for play. My favorite withdrawals are for those precious moments with my family… even when many of those said withdrawals are the chaotic minutes of the morning countdown with too many Where are your shoes? and You have to brush your teeth everyday outbursts being uttered.
So when time is of the essence and every moment counts, it’s important not to have to sweat the small stuff.
For a mother of six the “small stuff”, like breakfast in a hurry, running late to school or a forgotten deadline can be the difference between the start of a good day or a horrible day. I like to choose the former as much as I can.
Especially since research shows that the highest blood pressure ratings occur on Monday morning when getting ready for the workweek. It’s time we take one of those stressors off the table, shall we? While we also get a healthy breakfast ON the table!
Our busy family’s morning secret sauce? Our “Let’s Start Fresh” meal planning free printable for WEEKLY, simple meal plans!
Since everyone is born with a mind and opinion of their own, even at 1 year old, crowds can be tough to please. To cut the inevitable morning confusion and cries of What’s for breakfast? and I don’t like that or I want something else instead off at the pass we came up with a new plan, and so far, it’s been working its secret sauce magic into the mix of our morning routine.
Kids are creatures of habit, and they love routine and the best way I’ve found to keep them happy and moving along in the morning is to spell out exactly what’s happening and they’ll follow right along!
We try not to offer a bunch of choices, but instead, have a range of options that are strategically placed on the menu for each day. This way, everyone can take a quick look at the menu and is already aware of what’s for breakfast. While it may not be their favorite option every day, I’ve found that they accept it easily and move on, thankful for not having to make the choice.
Take out the guesswork with a simple food plan!
So a simple food plan or menu helps fight the indecision of young children and allows for preparation. We keep our simple, with options we know they will already love, especially for breakfast!
What I love is that in taking what many times can turn into an argument with each child wanting something different or the time of indecision away, we’ve allowed ourselves more family time around the table… and you all know how I love our farmhouse table family time together!
We’ve taken what can be mundane about breakfast and turned it into more moments together, and for me, that’s a total morning win. A secret sauce of planning and preparation that helps in our fight against the clock.
Get your own “Let’s Start Fresh” meal planning download here!
Breakfast is the easy part! We usually have cereal a couple of mornings a week (easy on mom and the kids!), as well as let the kids take turns adding in some other options, like oatmeal, smoothies or smoothie bowls, eggs (for a morning I know I’ll have time to cook), setting out supplies for a yogurt station — these are all some of our regular favorites to have on rotation.
Being prepared like this is the first defense but the next best thing is to have an emergency plan if everything fails. What to do if you have no time?
If you plan for a day where everyone over-sleeps or you run out of time, you’ll be better prepared!
Tip: Have some granola bars or portable options on hand for those “just-in-case” moments.