"Doing this on a Saturday afternoon is a lot less stressful than doing it during a weekday morning," she said. "Get in the routine of doing this with your child and it will save you both a lot of hassle and heartache."
What Works For You
When it comes to getting out of bed and facing the day, everyone is different.
Robertson said acknowledging that and working around it can help with everyone's morning moods, creating for an easier routine.
"People need to wake up in a way that works for them, no matter what their age," she said. "Matching what you need so that you wake up and feel good about that morning is essential."
She said each person should have their own alarm clock, suited to their needs. Those who wake up slow may prefer an alarm with a light that comes on gradually, while others may prefer to wake up to their favorite CD.
Robertson said it is also important that each person figures out his or her own time to rise. While some people can get ready quickly and rush out the door, others like to take it more slowly. Each member of the family should figure out which wake-up time works best for them without interfering with other people's schedule.
If one person is feeling rushed and stressed, Robertson suggested trying waking up earlier in 15-minute increments until the have enough time to have an easy morning.
"People should have just as much time as they need to get out of the door without feeling stressed," she said.
Clark said all of the breakfast supplies should be all spread out. Cereal bowls can be set out and batches of waffles and pancakes can be made in advance and refrigerated or frozen.
"Anything that you can do ahead of time will aid in creating that ideal morning," Clark said.
Robertson said because kids have different school schedules and parents have to be at work at different times, eating breakfast together is not the easiest of things.
In fact, she said, it's not essential.
"I would much rather see families get out of house without a hitch and have a lovely dinner together," she said.
She said to focus more on creating healthy easy-to-assemble breakfasts such as smoothies and yogurt with granola. She also recommends a coffee maker with a timer to save a few extra minutes.
With a little preparation you can have quick, healthy breakfasts prepared, she said.
"There should be no reason to swing by fast-food places last minute," she said.
Having a shower schedule down pat is also great for avoiding morning chaos.
Robertson said to start with figuring out how long each family needs in the bathroom. If there is a major time issue, she said, have some family members blow dry their hair or put on makeup in their bedroom.