Top 5 Shortcuts Working Moms Learn.

I am not a fan of morning. Never have been, never will be. And now that I have a kid? I hate them all the more. Now in addition to getting myself up and dressed, I have to worry about getting a little person up, presentable and out the door. And she? Is not a morning person either.

That means we are always running late, always a little bit crabby, and at least one of us is more than a little frazzled.

I’ve come up with some shortcuts to help us cope—and to get me to the office more or less on time (give or take 15 minutes).

Pajamas? What pajamas? She wears clothes that can do double duty. I do love those footie pajamas—especially the ones that have little animals on the feet. But they do not work for my lifestyle. More often than not, Tori trades one soft and comfy shirt and legging set for another at bedtime. And wears them right out the door the next morning.

Forget oatmeal. All food should be portable. Yeah, yeah, I know. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and I should take the time to make her something nice. But if she wants to eat before she gets to daycare, she has her choice of refrigerator bagel or frozen waffle. Cooking is optional.

Embrace liquids in box form. Once upon a time, I said my daughter would never have juice, never mind juice boxes. But who has time to dig out a sippy cup, find the little stopper thing (which is always hidden behind the coffee maker or something), and, upon discovering there is no juice, make a fresh batch? Not me. We buy juice boxes in bulk. Oh, and did you know you can get milk boxes too? Horizon makes ’em in both regular and chocolate flavors.

Use morning TV time to your advantage. My daughter is not good at sitting still. Especially if I want to change her diaper or brush her hair. The mere phrase “diaper change” is enough to turn her into a whirling dervish. So when I want to get these very basic tasks done, I turn on Dora. Once the TV trance has taken effect, I can get it all done—no fuss, no muss.

Invest in a good travel mug. Whether you work or not, if you’re a mom, you know how rare it is to be able to drink your coffee while it’s still hot—the first time. Mine usually gets zapped at least twice. But on weekday mornings, I don’t have time for zapping. Nor do I have time to sit at the table and drink it. Thus, the travel mug. It keeps things hot for far longer than a standard coffee cup, and can go wherever you do (even the bathroom). If I’m feeling especially organized, sometimes I even remember to bring it to work!

Those are my five favorite tricks. I have more, of course. But I wouldn’t want to give away all my secrets! So now it’s your turn to spill. How do you get everyone out the door in the morning?

7 Comments on Top 5 Shortcuts Working Moms Learn.

  1. Rebecca
    November 15, 2011 at 10:00 pm (4 years ago)

    I wonder what it says about me if I tell you that even though I’m a stay at home mother, I have embraced a few of these techniques.

  2. Meagan
    November 16, 2011 at 3:04 pm (4 years ago)

    I actually sit the boys down to eat breakfast (cold cereal) while I get dressed.

    Just wait until Tori is big enough to dress herself. It is so much faster these days because we’ve been teaching the boys to do a lot for themselves. They buckle their car seats (I just check & tighten the straps), brush their teeth, put their own clothes and shoes on….

    And we still run late unless I plan in extra time.

  3. Charlotte
    November 20, 2011 at 5:26 pm (4 years ago)

    I’ll have to save this post for the day when I have children of my own. Seems there’s some very valuable info in here :)

    • Amber
      November 22, 2011 at 9:30 am (4 years ago)

      Yep. And remember not to read parenting books. They’ll just make you feel bad about all the shortcuts you have to take. :)

  4. Martha
    November 22, 2011 at 9:36 am (4 years ago)

    You don’t have time to find a sippy cup or dress your child? Maybe get up 8 minutes earlier? I don’t know. It works for me, and I work full time and have two sons. Just sayin.

    • Amber
      November 30, 2011 at 8:56 am (4 years ago)

      Ah, Martha. This is mostly hyperbole and intended to be funny. Sorry it went over your head.

  5. Christyn@StrivingforSimple
    April 3, 2012 at 9:34 pm (4 years ago)

    This is Awesome!! I know you intend this to be funny, but these are some really great tips to stumble upon! I love the pajamas trick! That tip helps when you have two little ones to drag along early in the morning to drop the older sibling off at school!



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