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Tuesday Tips: The 3-minute morning music routine

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No matter how early we get up, school mornings always seem to end up rushed for us. They start out relaxed and slow (there’s no other way for me!), but as the clock ticks forward, the stress levels increase drastically. At the end, there’s always that moment where everybody is running around like a headless chicken. I’m brushing and braiding hair at the last minute, while quickly spot-cleaning the faces I see in front of me. The kids are running up and down the stairs looking for their gym clothes, or are frantically trying to tie their shoelaces (that is, if they are even able to find a matching pair of shoes in the shoe basket). I get annoyed, voices are raised, the chaos is complete.

Until… a (clearly very clever!) friend of mine gave me the golden tip yesterday. She told me about their brilliant system: at 8AM their Sonos music system automatically starts playing a song. When that happens, all family members know it’s drill time: they have exactly 3 minutes (or however long the song lasts) to make sure they are ready in the hallway, coats on, shoes on, school and gym bags ready, etc. How clever (and fun!) is that? I can just imagine their family, dancing and singing and happily getting ready in the morning, laughing while making sure to be ready before the song ends!

My friend also told me, that all family members get to choose their favourite song one day of the week. Apparently it is possible to program specific music at specific times in the Sonos system, so for instance on Monday at 8AM dad’s song of choice sounds through the house, on Tuesday it’s the daughter’s favourite song, etc. So fun!

I thought this is such a clever idea! Tonight at dinnertime I’m going to ask my kids to each choose a song — let’s see if this is the magic solution for a smooth morning routine! (At least it will be fun to try!)

xxx Esther

PS As always, I’m happy to hear any tips or tricks that might help making our mornings more relaxed!

PPS Before you think otherwise — this photo was taken on a weekend morning. A totally different vibe altogether!


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Comments (37)

Elena
September 8, 2015

What a good idea! Getting a young child out of the house in the morning is very difficult to do without making everyone stressed. I am going to try the three-minute-song this week!


Emilie in Paris
September 8, 2015

I actually do music in the morning to get out of bed. There is nothing like a good beat to get kids motivated to jump out of bed and start the day!


September 8, 2015

This sounds really nice! Please tell us how it went for you. Maybe I’ll try this here as well. Anything for stress-free mornings!


Lisa
September 8, 2015

LOVE THIS IDEA !!!…definitely going to try it….


Sarah
September 8, 2015

After a very frantic and fraught morning trying to get 2 kids out of the house, I AM going to try this!!


SHOW ALL COMMENTS
September 8, 2015

Great idea!!! I will try it!!!


Lisa
September 8, 2015

arghhhhh!!!!! Absolutely love this!!!!!!! I’ll choose acdc to really get them going. (Can you imagine choosing something gentle and sweet and just meandering to the shoes!!!!!) hilarious idea thanks!!!!


September 8, 2015

Genius! Now I also have a good reason to buy a radio as well! 😉 Two flies with one stone!


September 8, 2015

We do this! My husband has a little alarm that goes off on his phone when it’s time to walk out the door. It’s a little tune that’s come to mean “Time to Scoot!”. Very helpful. A song would be fun to implement as well!


Leah
September 8, 2015

I love it. Such a brilliant idea of making a tiring stressful part of the morning into a fun game..


Marietje
September 8, 2015

Great tip! We have a Sonos, so I will give it a try! My oldest (of 3) is just four, so most of the things I have to do. My it’s a good sign to get the jackets and the backpack!
We don’t have a rush in the end. I try to be downstairs at 7.30 and then it will be fine. And I prepare everything the evening before. Their clothes are picked and the table is ready! And the lunchbox is ready to be filled.


Courtney in London
September 8, 2015

What a great (and fun!) idea! It’s like the Mary Poppins way of parenting – making it fun so they forget about the work and just get on with it.
Such a cute tip! xx


Laura
September 9, 2015

Thank you so much for this post, Esther (& your dear friend for the tip)! I’ll give it a try, since my daughter is starting school next week, so we have to leave on time (which we were definitely not during kindergarten). Starting form now I might have to laugh every morning because of your “headless chickens“ – that’s exactly what is happening in our house too!!


September 9, 2015

Cute idea. By the way, where are those egg cups from? They’re adorable!


Esther in Amsterdam
September 18, 2015

Thanks! They’re from Lucie Kaas — I got them in Copenhagen when we were there a few months ago. x


September 9, 2015

I also use my iPhone alarm that goes off at 8 a.m., and that’s when everyone knows it’s drill time. Most mornings are still an utter chaos. I love this idea, and am definitely going to try it. Thanks for sharing!


Laura
September 12, 2015

Great idea!!!

Also, like Kiana, where are those egg cups from? I love them!


Esther in Amsterdam
September 18, 2015

See above — Lucie Kaas! 🙂 x


Marieke
September 2, 2016

Glad you admitted the picture is taken on a weekend-morning! That’s why I love your blog!


Daan
September 13, 2016

Hahahaha weekend foto! Heerlijk. Wij moeten sinds de verhuis op de fiets naar school en staan ruim op tijd op. Klinkt vreselijk maar wat een pak minder geschreeuw en gestress. Iedereen kan even uitbrakken met een kommetje muesli.
En ik maak de brooddozen ‘s avonds als ik toch aan het koken ben, dat scheelt enorm. Jaja het wordt nog wat in Huize Rot 😉


Maureen
September 14, 2016

I love this idea!! Nathan makes breakfast and has a special whistle that he calls the “breakfast bird” when it’s ready. The kids drop everything and run to the kitchen, so I bet this would work brilliantly!


December 2, 2016

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Callie Kurtz
December 3, 2016

This is what I do in my classroom at ‘pack, stack, and clean’ time. When my students hear the magic song of the term, they automatically stop what they are doing and start cleaning the room and packing for the end of the day. It’s amazing what can be done in three minutes when they set their mind to it and when a little dancing is involved! A trick of the trade… I always have a ‘magic job’ or ‘magic piece of rubbish’ and whoever does that job or cleans up the rubbish gets to choose the end of the day game, the next song or any small easy free reward!


Mina @ Mini Piccolini
December 3, 2016

I’ll try anything that might make mornings with three littles go a little more smoothly! Thanks for the tip!


Jovita
December 4, 2016

This sounds like a great idea! I use a song when getting the children to crèche to pack up their toys – it’s a great audible cue!


Nancy
December 4, 2016

My kids’ school does this as “hurry up music” before the national anthem and morning announcements. It gives the students time to get their coats off and into the classroom and reminds the dawdlers to get going. The Principal pre-screens the music to be sure that there are no swear words and is suitable for young ears. It’s a nice way to start the school day.


Allegra
December 4, 2016

I used to have good songs as my getting-out-of-bed alarms on my phone, but I very quickly started associating them with the dreary, drowsy morning feeling of blergh, and thus ended up ruining many of my favorite songs 🙁


Roxanne
December 6, 2016

Instead of waking my kids and making them get dressed, I wake them up AS I am getting them dressed. A little back rub and a few kisses along the way, they wake up sweet as can be and are already dressed…by me! I know I can’t continue this too long; but for now, they are still young enough! (5 & 7)


Esther in Amsterdam
December 8, 2016

So sweet and cosy! x


Jessie
December 6, 2016

Hi Esther, can you tell me where you got the cups and bowls your children are using.I’ve been looking for something like that for my daughters for months


Esther in Amsterdam
December 8, 2016

Hi Jessie, these are quite old-fashioned china pieces from Germany, called Eisenberg, from Jäger. xx


December 11, 2016

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Carrie
December 13, 2016

When my sisters and I were around high school age, she would play “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” if we were dragging to get out of bed. The peppy music got us all moving a little faster. 🙂


December 23, 2016

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Maret
September 25, 2018

How did it go? I wonder if it would also work at 6am. Kids have their school bus coming at 6.30…


Esther in Amsterdam
September 25, 2018

It worked well for a while! And then we all got used to it. So we stopped for a bit, and are ready to implement again now…


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