After the weekends slumber it can be hard to drag yourself out of bed attend crack of dawn on Monday mornings. And if your children are typical, they’ve likely had birthday parties or had some sort of extra class(es) that have required you to ferry them around.

By the time Sunday night comes, the weekend seems so far away, and feels like you didn’t get the rest and chillax time you promised yourself during the week.

Sound all-too familiar? Well, no one said being a working mum would be easy, but here are three steps to help you achieve that all-important Monday morning balance:

Get your prep right
Leaving everything to the morning (ironing school uniform, packing packed lunches for the three children, final proofing that report), will obviously create more stress than you need in your life.

Try to do all your packing and sorting by Saturday night so you can really relax on your Sundays, and have only the getting ready and breakfast to contend with on Monday morning.

Wakey, wakey!
Waking up on Monday morning is probably the hardest of all the mornings of the week. No matter how often you hit snooze, you still need to wake up (tired or not), so bite the bullet and set your alarm clock 10-15 minutes earlier to allow yourself more time in the morning. If need be, go to bed 10-15 minutes earlier to make up for the time difference.

The best way to reduce the morning stress is to wake up before your spouse and kids to shower and dress. You at least won’t have to get caught up in the morning fight for the bathroom and can take as long as you need to out your face on…then delegate and chase everyone else to hurry up.

Cut the gourmet breakfast
If making a full English is taking too long, do yourself and the health of everyone in your family a favour and keep breakfast healthy and simple. Cereals and toast go a long way, and you can also try keeping bananas (and other easy to eat fruit) and vitamin fortified cereal bars handy and ready to grab and go.

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