One of my goals for this school year was to eliminate crazy, stressful mornings. Last year it seemed that an easier morning routine was out of reach. We were constantly running late every day. The important thing for our family when it comes to less stressful mornings is to develop a practical routine. I am not organized enough to neatly set everything up the night before. I wish I was and I am working towards it but I am not there yet.
This hasn’t stopped us from having easier mornings this school year. A few, realistic tweaks to my schedule and we have been arriving to school on time every morning!
Prepare homework and other stuff that needs to go to school the night before
I don’t like to make lunches the night before but I do gather the homework and other paperwork the night before and make sure the back packs are on their designated hooks in our entry way landing zone.
Wake kids up at least an hour before you have to leave.
My kids love to sleep in. I have far more issues with the kids being unable to fall asleep or waking up in the middle of the night than I EVER had with them waking up early. I always feel so bad when I hear parents lamenting the ungodly hour their children arise at each morning. I secretly thank the Good Lord that my kids never wake up before I do.
I was afraid that it would be difficult to wake them for school every day at 6:30 am. After all, we slept in until 9:30 am all summer long. Besides the occasional, “My eyes won’t open” from my son or the simple, yet eloquent, “NOOOOOOO!” from my daughter, it hasn’t been so bad. I simply wake them up then carry them to the living room and dump them on the couch.
Get their clothes together either the night before or while they are still asleep
I generally wake up half an hour before the kids wake up. During this time I have a cup of coffee, grab their clothes, and make lunches. I put their clothes on the arm of the sofa. After I dump the still half asleep child on the couch, I toss them their outfit for the day and tell them to get dressed.
Prepare breakfast before they wake up
By the time they have put on their clothes, I have poured their milk and put their breakfast on the table. I drag the still drowsy child to the table to eat their breakfasts (Pork Chop likes oatmeal with frozen blueberries and Pea prefers Special K Cereal!)
Breakfast seems to do the trick and they wake up the rest of the way!
Follow the same routine every day
Mine wake up
put on their clothes
brush their teeth
put on their shoes
Facetime Daddy “good morning”
Grab backpacks and go!
There is a NO TV or Electronics rule in the morning. I did allow it once when the children finished getting ready early and were waiting for me. NEVER AGAIN! It was so much harder to get them out the door so we decided that even if they were early, the tv would stay off.
Make sure you know where your keys are before you go to bed! The one time we were close to tardy since school started was when I couldn’t find my keys!
Our morning routine sets the tone for the day so I am deliberately shooting for as stress free a morning as possible. Easier mornings mean a more positive day and good marks for behavior!