Transcript for Tips for stress-free school mornings
Oh, you could hear the groans on set when we are talking about this subject in tad's weekend download. Easing the stress of getting your kids up for school and out the door with everyone still liking one another. About you were dreading the weekday, Genevieve Shaw brown and author of the book "The happiest mommy you know" has tips for us. Genevieve, this topic -- I know. Every parent -- I compare it to hostage negotiations, the mornings because it is the toughest time of the day but what can we do start off the day on a positive note with our kids. First things first, know that you are not alone. This is the top parenting complaint I hear. You don't want to ruin the day before it starts so my first tip is get up before the kids. Which means 4:00 in my house. As early as you have to. Take a shower, have a cup of coffee, pack lunch, get centered and then that way you'll be better prepared to get them out the door with less stress. You say to prepare even the night before. I know parents who have kidding sleep in their clothes. I do that. Short of that get the outfits out, break fast prepped and ready to eat, all forms signed in the backpack will cut down tremendously. That wasn't my idea. My son, middle child decides to sleep in his clothes before to -- As long as he's comfortable. That's fine. So we've prepped, prepared. Any other advice for us. You know, think about this. Whenever you're ready to start yelling, do yourself a favor, take a moment, tell your kids you love them instead. You will be amazed at what it can do to defuse the stress of a situation, recenter the family and get your kids to cooperate once they feel your positive energy. Oh, my gosh. I'm going to be telling my kids I love them 25 times. This is something that hits so close to home for so many. Sure does. Genevieve, thank you very much. Great advice.
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