Destress your morning rush
Make a calmer exit in the morning with this good advice.
Parents in a rush

You roll over and hit the ‘snooze’ button – just 5 more minutes. 5 Minutes turns into 10, then 15 and now you are going to be really late.

So you roll out of bed, no time for fluffy slippers or the like, you hit the ground running – literally. Screech commands down the passage to get everyone up and out, frantically get dressed, gobble down breakfast, brush your teeth pushing just a little too hard, gargle and go. No, can’t find your cell and for the life of you, you can’t find your keys ... you are sure you put them down here – somewhere – where.

Enter ... LAUNCH PAD. Just like a rocket needs a launch pad to support it before take off, you too need one to help you blast out the door.

Creating a launch pad:


Choose an area of your home close to your main point of entry or exit. Use this area to house all those things that are often moving in and out with your. Library books, message slips, school bags, keys, handbags, jackets, wallets, shoes, return DVD’s.


Even an open space on the floor will do but a bookshelf with open baskets, coat hooks or a pigeon hole system work well too. If you have a cupboard perfectly placed and ready for a makeover, you can use this to – just remember that opening the doors (and closing them again) requires a little bit more discipline than the other reach, grab and go options.


When you come in, simply deposit your things in the basket or on the hook for easy pick up on your way out. TIP: clearly label each hook or pigeon hole. One hook, basket or pigeon hole per family member.

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