Do you get overwhelmed preparing your kids for the new school year? Do you wonder how you will get them ready in the morning and to school on time? Well these are all things that I’ve been thinking about over the past few weeks, as my kids Summer break comes to an end and a new school year begins.
This year my kids will not be homeschooled (not by my choice), so the adjustment to sending them to public school has been a little challenging. That being said, our school dynamic this year will be different than last year, and it may take some getting used to.
In order to avoid too much chaos for my kids and myself, due to the change, I put together some quick tips to stay organized. That way our mornings will not be stressful and our day, overall, will go by as smoothly as possible.
Here are my tips:
- Weekly Outfits (including shoes)-I found that setting the kids clothes out for each day will make mornings a lot easier. I purchased 6 3 drawer utility storage units (2 per child), you’ll find a picture of this below. So the top 5 drawers will be used for their outfits for each day (let the kids decorate their own day of week labels to tape to the front of the drawers) and the last drawer on the bottom will be for their shoes and socks.
2. Make school lunches the night before- Although the school my kids will be going to will provide lunch, I prefer to send them to school with a lunch made from home. So my suggestion is to make your kids lunches the night before and add a little snack just in case they are hungry at recess.
3. Check their backpacks the night before and place them by the front door- From what I can remember, sometimes the teachers will send home forms that need to be completed or a request for items that you child needs to take to school with them the next day. I suggest making sure their homework, school supplies, and any necessary forms are safely tucked away in their backpack. Then place their backpack near the front door so that they can grab it on the way out in the morning.
4. Keep yourself organized also- As for me, I will be getting for work at the same time my kids are getting ready for school, so I will have my outfits set out for the week also. I suggest that, if you do work, that you organize and prepare what you need for the week. If you don’t work out of the home, you can still keep your home work area organized and clean, to be a good example to your kids!
5. Set your morning alarm 15 minutes early- I can honestly say that having those few extra minutes definitely limits stress levels for the whole family.
6. Set a timer- If your kids have a hard time staying on task in the morning you can set an alarm so that they know how much time they have to get ready. I have planned to play gospel music in the morning also, to set the atmosphere for the day and to also keep the kids moving.
7. Have a specific bedtime routine- Many of us know that kids do a lot better if they are on a specific schedule. I suggest having a normal night time routine that calls for an early bedtime, so that your kids get the right amount of sleep. Thankfully I have followed this method even before my kids were school age. We have a specific night routine that consist of bathing, brushing teeth, reading, prayer. This starts at 7:30 pm, and the kids are asleep by 8:30pm.
8. Ban TV before bedtime and in the morning- Too much screen time can cause your child to have a hard time falling asleep. And if they watch TV in the morning, it may slow them down.
9. Simplify breakfast- Choose healthy and quick options that are packed with protein and that they can eat on the go.
What are some of your morning routines either for work or getting your kids ready for school? Share some info in the comments below and let’s chat.