School Run Fun!
Picture the following scene, is this a typical morning for you –
The children are dressed, bags are packed, stationery organised, homework complete and filed, healthy and nutritious breakfast eaten, everyone is laughing and talking with their cleaned shiny teeth, polished shoes are on, children are best friends and skip merrily into school, you are the happiest, connected, organised parent on the playground.
For many parents we speak to this simply isn’t the case and that’s OK, the reality is somedays can be frantic and others fantastic.
How can we set ourselves up for the day as we intend to go on? How can we create an organised, calm morning where we all feel positive and set for the day.
First of all look after you, here’s 6 ideas:
Try to get up before your family – some Mind Space before the noise, it might just be a quiet cup of tea on the sofa, a meditation, journalling (see previous posts), yoga, a walk simply in the garden, other exercise. Whatever it is that gives you some time out before everyone else is up. Alternatively if mornings really aren’t your thing you may prefer to lie down and …
Breathe put your hands on your tummy and breathe in deeply for a count of 4, holding for 2 and then breathing out again for 4, holding for 2, repeat several time and just notice calm and relaxed it makes you feel.
Visualise how you would like your morning to go and how you would like to be within the morning – mentally take yourself through the steps the morning school run requires. Can you make it more playful and fun is it possible to laugh at a lost sock, breakfast spill or tooth cleaning drama?
Smile at yourself, feel your smile let it radiate out and see the humour in the morning!
Hug Yourself Yes Really! Whilst this next tip sounds a bit weird, strange and maybe uncomfortable to do – give yourself a hug. If you feel good about you this will transmit to your family. Later when they are up you can share your smile and hug with them too and your teenagers can say ‘oh get off me mum’
Affirmations – If you use or write affirmations now is a good time to say and repeat them to create feelings of positivity and to bring you to the present moment, for example you might have some written down like –
I am grateful for…
Today I will be… peaceful, calm, kind, playful, fun etc make up your own
Daily Habits write out simple daily habits on the board for yourself with things such as: top up water bottle to carry around, healthy snack pot, phone charged, and so on you can add to the list. Encourage your children to do the same,
Dance – yes raise your energy and dance! Even better get your kids involved!
Sometimes people say to me that when they get up from doing these morning rituals they start to rush about and loose the positive mindset and sense of calm. It will require concious effort to do sustain it – like all things that are good for us.
Regularly check in with how you feel, put up post-its to remind yourself and even ping messages on your phone – whatever works for you. Over time you will notice yourself more in this great space, it’s important to create a daily routine and habit to start with.
Hope this helps to make the school run fun
Jane Tyson x
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