Getting out the door on time with kids - tips to being organised
Let's get one thing clear - we are not an organised family and often fail at getting out on time and arriving when we should when trying to go on little adventures.
We may have many lists to help us plan and prepare, but getting out the door on time with kids definitely needs much more work. We've told friends to add at least 30 minutes to our ETA when meeting up. And if you're expecting to meet up with your mate and their young family, you too need to be prepared to wait at least half an hour for them to tip up, and not be grumpy about it.
Whilst many a catastrophe can happen when trying to get out on your adventure when you have children (a poonarmi, a sock tantrum, or an escapee cat for instance), a few tips and tricks that allow you and your family to be more organised despite them will always be helpful.
Be realistic. Don't set yourself ambitious time targets you know in your gut you're never going to meet despite all the optimism. It will just add unnecessary stress before you've even started your day. If you're unsure, always add 30 minutes just to be on the safe side, but aim for the earlier time.
Prep as much as you can the evening before. Your future self will thank you for it. Water and snacks are a must for any trip. Do you need lunch as well? Could you keep a bag of essentials in the car or by the door so you can grab and go? This could be a change of clothes, nappies, wipes, wellies etc? Making overnight oats are super simple and means you can grab and eat on the go if needs be without any other prep needed - other than a spoon!!
Practice makes perfect. The more mini adventures you make the quicker you will become at getting ready, knowing what to pack for every occasion and doing it swiftly. Although, even after 17 months with our little one we are still learning and practicing and we haven't nailed it yet!
Have a more relaxed attitude. This, I've realised, is the most important. You cannot be perfect every time. Being late isn't the end of the world. You will not always make it out on your adventures full stop no matter how much you've prepped and planned. Some days the world will just be against you and you may need to bail. Those days you just need to accept an adventure in the garden or a picnic in front of the TV. There's nothing wrong with that - there's always tomorrow.
What tips and tricks do you have to get yourself outdoors with your kids on time?