If you’re a working mom, mornings can be utterly cuh-razy. Where are my keys? Where are your pants?? Where is your brother??? And while we realize that it’s nearly impossible to get your a.m. routine perfectly dialed in no matter how sage and by-the-parenting-book you are (one can hope and dream, right?), there are some tried-and-true tricks that will help it run just a bit smoother. Below, some of the working moms we admire most share the one aspect of their mornings they feel like they’ve nailed.
“As a single working mom mornings are always hectic. And by hectic I kind of mean hell! But I’ve found a couple of things to be super helpful: 1. I shower at night (or I don’t shower at all #realtalk). 2. No matter what, I wake up BEFORE my child—I don’t wait for her to get me up. This way, by the time she pops up, I’m dressed, ready, and have had my first cup of coffee already. I hear a lot about how SLOW kids are and how it’s super frustrating to parents. Kids don’t necessarily dawdle on purpose, they simply move at a different pace. I try—keyword try—to not get frustrated by it and instead encourage my daughter to take her time and enjoy the a.m. You’re only young once. If she wants to stare out her window in the morning, or listen to Moana 10 times before we get in the car, I’m all for it.” —Arianna Schioldager, editor Create & Cultivate
“We were gifted one of those fancy coffee frothers, and it has completely changed my mornings. I used to be a $5 cappuccino kind of girl, but being able to have fancy coffee at home still feels so luxurious and like such a treat. I make breakfast for the family, and once my baby Charley is down for his nap I get ready for the day. Uninterrupted hot shower, answering emails, and homemade cappuccino in a ‘World’s Best Boss’ mug. It’s the perfect start to the day.” —Dulci Edge, freelance art director and the brains behind travel site The Far & Near
“I’m a work-from-home mom and having a well-fed toddler is the key to WFH happiness. Lately hard-boiled eggs have been my savior. In the morning if I do not have time to make breakfast, I can give my daughter a couple of hard-boiled eggs and berries and she is happy as a clam. Hard-boiled eggs also make really great snacks!” —Charlotte Russell, Alice’s Table Exec
“Every Sunday night I make sure that outfits for the family are picked out. For the kids, I reserve the top left side of their dresser and I have every outfit for the week folded (including matching socks) ready to go. I do the same for myself and I have a small section of my closet reserved for my outfits for the week. It also makes it easy for my husband to jump in and help get the kids dressed. It truly saves the entire family a solid chunk of time.” —Robyn Racheotes, founder of A Modest Life blog
“For me, making myself a cup of pour-over coffee is like meditating (but maybe it’s also just a convenient excuse to not talk to my husband or kids until I have my morning coffee!). Consequently, I get up early to carve this time out—but truly look forward to it every morning, so it’s worth it.” —Buffy Maguire, founder of Lady Falcon Coffee Club
“Once the kids wake up I have them pile into our bed (where I usually still am!). They’re still in sleepy mode so they’re happy to cozy in. Then I either put on Sesame Street or give them some books and quietly sneak out of the bed to brush my teeth and head to the kitchen to start on breakfast and packing everyone up to get out the door. I get a morning cuddle and some extra time to myself without sacrificing sleep!” —Madhu Puri, brand content consultant
“My most productive days start when I did some prep-work the night before. Laying out our outfits, setting up the coffee pot to brew, and organizing my to-do list before I go to bed gets the whole day off to a much better start.” —Kate van Geldern, blogger behind Domestikated Life
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