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I am not a morning person. Before I had children, people understood that about me. My coworkers would steer clear until I had a cup of coffee and worked in silence for at least one hour. Then I would slowly wake up and return to my generally pleasant self.
When you have a couple of kids, mornings get a lot more bizarre. Kids spill milk and argue and the dog really does eat homework, all before a pot of coffee drips.
Getting everyone out of the house on time with full bellies and brushed teeth is an early morning miracle, both wonderful and rare.
Then, once you finally get out of the house, there’s those chipper morning people to contend with. Most days it’s enough to make you want to crawl back in bed and snooze the alarm clock for three more hours.
Can I get an Amen?
Throw in a little mommy guilt over healthy, home-cooked, hot breakfasts and it’s possible to lose your sanity before the sun rises. Thankfully Jimmy Dean is here with their Pancakes and Sausage on a stick to help us save our mornings and our sanity.
In under one minute, you can feel all warm and fuzzy about serving your kids a hot breakfast on the go.
Your children will be more than happy to walk out the door with sausage and pancakes on a stick. In fact, have extras ready, because the neighbor kids won’t be far off. Children run in packs and they smell food three houses away.
Save Your Mornings and Your Sanity 5
Tips For Moms Who Aren’t Morning People
- Lower your expectations.
Quit trying to change the world before 8 a.m. Some things are better saved for moments of greater alertness and a higher density of blood-caffeine content. Begin your day by tackling the tasks that don’t require verbal communication, kindness, or brushed hair.
My husband thinks I should come with a warning label: Eats people for breakfast. Proceed with caution.
- Routine – Routine – Routine.
Do the same thing every morning.
Plod down the stairs, flip on the coffee pot, glare at anyone who enters your personal space.
Teach your kids to flip on the coffee pot for you.
Giving your children a morning routine will help them know what is expected of them first thing in the morning and they’ll be more inclined to leave you alone and let you wake-up in peace.
- Prepare the night before.
Preparation is not part of my DNA and this goes against every fly by the seat of my pants gene in my body, but the more you prepare for mornings, the more likely you are to succeed at leaving the house without eating your young and permanently alienating your spouse.
Make sure everyone has clean underwear and socks the night before.
Make sure all homework and permission slips are signed the night before. Now is the time to interrogate your kids. There’s nothing worse than finding out you need to make three dozen cupcakes at six-thirty in the morning.
Kids only remember things at the last minute, if they remember at all. Don’t underestimate their ability to surprise you.
- Make breakfast quick, easy, fun, and nutritious.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it’s not convenient. The truth is, you don’t have to be a gourmet chef before the sun rises. Microwaved counts as home-cooked.
Walmart and Jimmy Dean are here to help us with breakfast. Their Sausage and Pancakes on a stick go from freshly frozen to hot in under a minute. At only 230 calories, you can grab one for yourself.
Please Note: Jimmy Dean Sausage and Pancakes on a stick is moving from the frozen food aisle to the breakfast aisle in all Walmart stores this February.
- Get enough sleep.
Some nights this is easier said than done, but don’t discount a good night’s sleep. Adequate sleep for children and adults alike can make so many things better.
And, are you a
dreaded morning person?
Have you tried any of the Jimmy Dean breakfast foods? What’s your favorite??