The school year is back in action and you may feel that the mornings are chaotic but they don’t have to be! Here are some ways to save some stress in the morning…
- Prep the Night Before: This goes for EVERYTHING. Put all homework and papers back in their book bags (as a previous teacher, depending on the age, I recommend this be the kid’s job), have lunches packed, clothes set out, along with shoes and jackets. Make sure everything is set out at the “launch pad” — a space for book bags, shoes, jackets, car keys all in one place to grab-and-go in the morning. If there’s anything you can bring out to the car the night before, do it. You can have breakfast bowls and juice cups set out for breakfast in the morning. What will they have for breakfast? Maybe some pre-made egg muffins that they can thaw from the freezer, or a breakfast casserole that you made over the weekend, or heat up some eggs you made the night before…
- Delegate: You can’t do it all! Have the kids do as much as they can — get themselves dressed, brush their teeth, grab their lunch boxes, check their calendar for what they need that day (In my previous post, 7 Ways to Prepare the Family for Back to School, I recommend creating a daily calendar that shows what each kid needs to bring to school for each day of the week. For example, Monday – bring violin, Tuesday – bring sneakers, etc.) After school, have the kids empty their lunch boxes and place them on the counter. You can place their lunchbox snacks in an accessible spot so they can restock their snacks each afternoon/evening.
- Go to Bed Early: This goes for everyone. The earlier you can wake to get yourself ready and then wake the kids to get them ready, the better! If you’re ready to go before the kids, not only will you feel more relaxed, but they may be more inclined to get ready too.
- Develop Routine: The stronger the routine, the smoother things will go. Kids embrace routine. Consider and develop your morning, afternoon, dinner time, and bedtime routines.
- Review the Calendar Every Week: Take a good look at the calendar before each week to make sure you’re on top of where the kids need to be, whose picking up/dropping off, what’s needed for that week, etc.
There are some other great tips on my previous post, check them out — 7 Ways to Prepare the Family for Back to School