6 Morning Shortcuts Moms WISH They Could Use

by Leah Maxwell

Fill in the blank: “Morning is the most __________ part of the day.” If your answer was anything along the lines of “relaxing” or “peaceful,” move along, there’s nothing for you here. If, however, you said something like “chaotic,” “stressful,” or “crazy-making,” read on, dear friend, read on.


Often, the key to getting everything done in the morning is embracing shortcuts, whatever that means for you. Maybe it’s picking your battles, outsourcing tough tasks, asking technology for a miracle solution, or simply lowering your standards. Innovative companies are already helping in some areas, but there’s plenty of room for more. Here are six free ideas that are just waiting to change the world.

1. I would absolutely buy a bed that automatically propels kids onto their feet in the morning. I can’t confirm the physics, but I’m willing to bet it’s harder to whine whilst one is flying through the air, or at least harder for me to hear.

2. Who wouldn’t love a personal butler to dress each child? I’m not even picky about what kind of butler. Monkey butler, robot butler, Lurch from the Addams Family: all good! A flock of industrious birds will do in a pinch.

Alas, these morning shortcuts exist only in our dreams! For a real AM time-saver, serve up Jimmy Dean Pancakes & Sausage on a Stick to get everyone fed and out the door on time - and smiling.”

3. What’s that you say? A kid-sized pneumatic tube built between my house and my child’s school? YES, PLEASE AND THANK YOU.

4. My kingdom for a short-order cook who specializes in packing healthy lunches that kids actually eat (and that maybe also look so cute the lunch aides will think I’m the actual queen of Pinterest)!

5. When it comes to finding shoes in the morning, I’m not asking for a simple device that will locate just any pair of matching kicks. I want a fully loaded tracking system to help me pinpoint the exact whereabouts of each individual shoe. Because every mom knows that even if you can find shoes that match, you’re never guaranteed it’s the pair your kid will deign to wear that day.

6. I’ll make you a deal, Science. I’ll stop pestering you about flying cars if you’ll give me a wand that will zap my kids’ teeth clean faster than they can say, “But mom, I brushed them yesterday!” 

What shortcuts would make your mornings easier?

Leah Maxwell is a book editor, freelance writer, cereal addict, wife, and mom to two young boys. She has been blogging at A Girl and a Boy since 2003.  


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