Leaving the house with the kids has got to be one of the most challenging daily jobs as a mum! Jo Ebisujima from My Organised Chaos is the organisation Queen and offers some valuable tips on Leaving the house with kids and how to keep your sanity.
One of the biggest grumbles I get from mums is about trying to get everyone out of the door and on time. It can be a nightmare if you have a kid, even more so when you have more than one child add a tantrum-throwing toddler into the mix and you often wonder why you want to leave the house in the first place.
Being organized and planning ahead a bit can make a world of difference, so here are my top tips for getting out the door…
1. Have a home for everything
You might wonder what that has got to do with anything but you can cut down stress and chaos if you know exactly where everything is because it’s in it’s own home. Always keep your keys, purse and any other essentials in one place, so you don’t have to be running around looking for them. That frees up time to be helping the kids.
2. Make sure your kids have a home for everything
What do they usually need when you leave the house? Make sure all these items have a home too – at child height so they can hang up their own bag, put away their own hats etc. Get into the habit of having the same routine when you get home, everything gets put away, straight away so that leaving the next time is more streamlined.
3. Start talking about leaving
This is a big one to help cut down on leaving the house meltdowns. An hour before you plan to leave, even if your kiddie is still a baby, get into the habit of doing it. For older kids, explain you are leaving in an hour so they need to think about finishing whatever they are doing. Imagine how annoying it is if you are mid game or half way through a storybook when suddenly you have to put everything down and leave. Giving them notice will have them getting used to the idea.
30 minutes before you are due to leave, ask them to tidy up.
15 minutes before you are due to leave, start the house leaving routine. Everyone goes to the toilet, collect together whatever they need. Check the weather – what do they need, hats, gloves, sun cream?
Allow time for putting on shoes and coats. Toddlers and pre-schoolers want to be independent and learning how to do things themselves is part of growing up but in the busy world we live in we often don’t allow the child the time they need to practice. If you know that your kiddie will want to do everything by them selves then plan to leave a little earlier so that they have enough time.
4. Set the rules
If you have a family member that has to try on 17 outfits before leaving the house, set the rule that they can get changed as many times as they like but you are leaving at 8.00am and they will have to leave with whatever they are wearing. If the little fashionista throws a tantrum because her socks don’t match her headband, too bad. Stand your ground and let her suffer the consequences, next time she will act a bit quicker.
5. Use Checklists
When you have a 101 things to remember and you are trying to get out the door it is so easy to forget something. Have a checklist for the kids, use pictures if they are not yet reading, so they can take responsibility for themselves and make a checklist for yourself, so you don’t forget any of the essentials.
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Jo Ebisujima is the best selling author of Montessori Inspired Activities For Pre-Schoolers. She is the founder of My Organized Chaos where she helps busy mamas organize their home, kids and mind so they have time for the fun stuff.