Top 5 Ways To Make School Mornings Easier!
Many house holds experience “morning madness”. Most families have trouble moving from home to school and other activities first thing in the morning. It probably feels like running a marathon 9 a.m. every morning. These mornings can be the most crazy-making part of a parent’s day, especially if you work outside the home, have school-age kids or both. We have listed for you top 5 ways to make school mornings easier. These tips can help you streamline your morning routines.
1. Do It the Night Before & Have a Routine
The easiest way to survive these early morning is that everything that does not have to be done in the morning should be done the night before. Your kids should pack their backpack, prepare clothing, think about what will need to be done in the morning, and set the alarm clock. Try to choose the the same slot of time, either right before bed, maybe before reading time or after dinner to do the morning prep work. Having a consistent approach in the mornings is very helpful for kids, especially the younger ones. Creating routines that they can follow lets them know what is expected of them. A routine doesn’t needto take of every minute of the morning before school, but it gives flow and order to the morning. For example if your child knows that when he finishes his breakfast, he then needs to go brush his teeth.
2. Get Dressed First
The biggest problem in the race to get out the door is for most of you the same. Getting dressed. The best thing you can do is get this problem out of the way as soon as possible, by doing this first. You should teach your children to put their clothes on even before they come downstairs for breakfast. The night before, you can have them lay their clothes out on the floor, crime scene style, to make it fun and easy. Buying clothes that are easy-on and easy-off is also handy and prevents struggling with getting the clothes on which is also time consuming. Elastic waists and big buttons are some options. It’s also better to let go of the idea that your kids will head off to school looking like they belong in a catalog.
3. Get Up Earlier & Dubbel-Check for Materials
This is probably something you might not like, but it could make a world of difference. If you see that you are everyday 15 minutes late, get up 15 minutes earlier. Those 15 minutes may look much but they aren’t. You maybe even get the chance to get ready in peace for once. If your kids need 30 minutes to get ready, don’t think they can magically do it in 20. Also have your children make sure they packed everything before leaving the house. This could save you from having to run to school to drop off a forgotten lunch package or assignment. Encourage an older child to make a list of all the items they will need for each day of the week. They can post it on the back of their bedroom door and check it before leaving the house.
4. Tech Free Time
Include the rule in your house that no one is allowed on technology before school and that includes you parents! It is always best to role model the behaviour you want in your kids. Checking email or Facebook can distract you from what you should be doing in the morning and five minutes can easily lead to 15, which can put pressure on everyone to get out of the house on time. It is also better not to watch TV in the morning but some of you maybe watch the news on TV while eating breakfast, so this rule is optional.
5. Stay Calm & Start Before School Does
You migth have noticed that your anxiety has the effect of making your kids move in slow motion. The more you rush in the morning, the slower it seems your kids are moving. So if your kids are having troubles with something they are doing just stop what you’re doing and see if they need some help. Also a hand on the arm or squatting down to make eye contact can get them moving again. Once you connect with your child, they will get back on track again. In the summer, routines get lax and bedtimes get later. If you wait until the school year starts to start with your usual routing again, you’ll all be in for a rude awakening. Try to start one week before school starts with your routine again. That means slowly pushing back bedtime, as well as getting up earlier.