Sunday mornings. They can be so chaotic, can’t they? Kids have to get ready – and not just ready – but dressed for church. Usually I have to tell one or two of our kids to go change their outfit because they have on a regular outfit. It always seems when we are trying to get ready for church on Sunday morning someone can’t find their shoes or the baby has a diaper blow out. As the kids get older things have been getting easier but that doesn’t mean the chaos is non-existent. Here are a few tips for a more peaceful Sunday morning.
Tip #1 – Lay out outfits the night before.
Take time Saturday evening to help the kids pick out what clothes they want to wear to church. If you are concerned the outfits will mysteriously disappear between then and Sunday morning, put them in your room and divvy them out in the morning. While you’re at it, pick out your clothes, too! I have to be honest and admit that half the time I am the one that is changing outfits 2 or 3 times. What a time waster! It makes our Sunday morning go a lot smoother on the weeks I pick out my outfit on Saturday night as well.
Tip #2 – Locate all shoes needed on Sunday morning.
It will save a lot of time on Sunday morning if everyone’s shoes are by the door ready to put on. There have been several times when we should be running out the door but instead we are digging through their dirty clothes pile to see if a shoe accidentally ended up in the hamper.
Tip #3 – Pack the diaper bag and your purse on Saturday night.
If you have a baby, make sure the diaper bag is stocked with diapers, wipes, and an extra outfit. Make sure your purse has your Bible and a notebook if you need it. It is much better to do this the night before than trying to scramble around on Sunday morning on your way out the door.
Tip #4 – Set the alarm……and actually get up when it goes off.
This is where I get into trouble. I set my alarm with good intentions but a lot of times the hubby and I stay up late Saturday night watching a movie. Sunday morning comes, my alarm goes off and I hit snooze. Five minutes later, it goes off again…..and I hit snooze again and will sometimes fall back asleep. When I do finally wake up it is stressful because I slept in and now we don’t have much time to get ready. I know this is a very simple and obvious tip but it can also be a hard one to do if you are like me and aren’t a morning person.
Tip #5 – Give yourself extra time.
Plan more time than you think you will need in the morning because it is almost always needed! No matter how well planned out the morning is, things still come up that we forgot about or a problem that needs to be taken care of.
Tip #6 – Have a Sunday morning routine in place.
Have a basic routine for everyone to follow on Sunday morning. For us, that means in the morning everyone goes straight down to breakfast when they wake up. My husband handles breakfast that morning so I can start getting ready. After breakfast, the kids are to brush their hair and teeth, get dressed and put on their shoes. They also locate their Bibles so they are ready to grab them when we are heading out the door.
Tip #7 – Keep breakfast simple.
Sunday is definitely not the time for a big, complicated breakfast. It takes a lot of time and makes a big mess. Keep it simple! Try cereal, toast, or oatmeal and fruit!
Tip #8 – Have the older kids help the younger kids.
If you have older children, have them help the younger ones! Every week, I have M, J, and sometimes G help with F, E, and E2. The girls can help change the baby’s diaper and get him dressed. Sometimes F needs help getting ready so the girls will help her. If I don’t have time to help E fix his hair, the older girls can help with that, too.
Tip #9 – Keep the TV turned off.
Things go a lot smoother if we keep the TV turned off on a Sunday morning. It is a distraction and keeps the kids from getting themselves ready. On occasion we will allow them to watch something as long as ALL the kids are completely ready to walk out the door.
Tip #10 – Go with the flow
This is a big one for me. No matter how well we plan things, stuff can still go wrong. Things like someone spilling their drink at breakfast or a sibling squabble. This is such a challenge for me but I have found that if I can just go with the flow that by itself helps things go smoother. Getting upset over something that can’t be controlled steals our peace and makes Sunday morning harder for everyone.
Do you do any of these tips? Which ones will you try on the next Sunday morning? Any tips you would add?