Make School Mornings Less Stressful

 

Make School Mornings Less Stressful

Do you find mornings stressful, trying to get the kids out the door to school?  Many parents can agree that this is a busy and chaotic time.  Here are some tips to help streamline your mornings.

Prepare clothes ahead of time

This is a really simple way to make mornings go faster.  I have my kids choose their clothes the night before, because this can really be a time-waster.  My daughter will stand in front of her closet taking a long time to choose out just the right outfit – so why not do this the night before?  You can even have them choose a backup outfit in case of a change in the weather.

Simplify breakfast

Breakfast can be both healthy and simple.  Some of the prep work can be done the night before, such as washing fruit, cutting it up, and having it ready to go in a container in the fridge.  Things like pancakes or waffles can be frozen in batches.

You can also put out breakfast items ahead of time.  Set the table the night before so that the cereal bowls are already out, glasses are ready, and even cereal is out on the table.

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Have a “command center”

We converted one area just for getting ready for school.  There are hooks mounted on the wall for backpacks and jackets.  Then we have a bench with bins.  The kids have a place to sit while they put on shoes, and the bins contain everything from mittens to sunglasses.  Next to it is a boot mat, so shoes are on hand.

The night before school, backpacks are packed and outerwear is chosen.  This means if my kindergartener comes home with her shoelaces triple-knotted, the laces are untied and ready to go for the morning.

Have snacks and lunches ready to go

Pack what you can for snacks and lunches the night before.  If there are items that can’t be packed ahead of time, have the ingredients ready to assemble (for example, sandwich materials).  I put the entire lunchbox in the fridge, and in the morning I add the freezer pack.

You may also want to keep a routine of emptying out lunchboxes as soon as your child gets home, so that things like plastic containers are clean and dry by the time you are ready to pack lunch.

School Mornings

Have toothbrushes ready

Toothbrushes should be ready to go.  If you have a two-story home, you may want to consider having an extra set of toothbrushes and toothpaste in a downstairs bathroom.  Once my kids come downstairs for breakfast, I don’t want them heading back upstairs – instead, they can brush their teeth in the half bathroom on the first floor, which is much quicker.

Odds and Ends

Have the little things ready.  This could be sunscreen or a sweater.  You don’t want to be scrambling around at the last minute.

Set alarms

I have my iPhone set to beep 5 minutes before the bus arrives.  This way, when I am running around in the morning, we all have an audible reminder that lets us know we need to wrap things up and get to the bus stop.

Prepare your own things

I tend to procrastinate and not be ready in the morning either.  Worse than having to rush the kids, is having to rush around to get my own stuff together at the same time.  This could be anything from choosing my clothes for the next day, to programming the coffee maker.  It can help to have some of your own things prepared in the morning – plus it sets a good example for my kids that I am organized and ready.

Adjust bedtimes

Sometimes any amount of organization just is not enough.  It’s no fun dragging a sleepy child out of bed on a cold, dark morning.  So if your mornings are dragging, you may want to consider getting your child to bed just a little earlier.  By Friday, my children are much more tired than they were on Monday morning, so you can even adjust their bedtime within the school week.

 

Hope these tips help ~ and feel free to leave your own!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments

  1. 1

    We have lunches packed the night before and clothing already picked out ready to put on in the morning. That saves us time!

  2. 2

    We wore a school uniform so that was never an issue, but finding that stray sock that has for some reason not been pared up and is still in the laundry is a NIGHTMARE.

    The worst thing is hair…. If I have girls, sleeping with hair is braids (if possible) could save a lot of brushing and screaming in the morning…,

  3. 3

    Some great ideas! I’m a big fan of the command center that’s set up the night before. That way there’s no running back to the house to get that random thing that needed to be brought today.

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    Rebecca Parsons says:

    All of these are great tips and can save a lot of time. Thanks for sharing.

  5. 5

    Great tips – when my girls were little, we got in the habit of doing whatever we could the night before – shoes, back-up shoes, homework in backpacks, lunches packed….it really does save a lot of tears & stress in the morning!

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    James Robert says:

    I just wrote on Facebook about this and or tips are right on target. I have 5 kids, a single dad and know if I don’t have things out the night before, we are in trouble.

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