School is about to start!
If you are starting to stress out like I am about how I’m going to get the kids ready, fed and out the door without being late every day, you’re not alone.
I keep thinking, “How the heck am I going to fit all of that in?” Well, it all comes down to planning ahead.
Ok, that sounds annoying a little bit, doesn’t it? Yeah, you know planning ahead can help but you never end up doing it. Adding more things for you to do the night before just makes your day even more stressful! Plus, having good intentions don’t equal actions.
That’s, OK. You only need to plan ahead a little bit. So, here is what you should do to plan ahead and make your mornings smoother.
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Simple Ways To Make School Mornings Smoother
1. Get your kids clothes ready in bulk. You may have seen this idea before: gather up the whole week of outfits and place them in labeled bins. It seems like it’s time to go and I’m always looking around for two matching socks – with this idea everything is in it’s place.
Kiddos can go right to the bin, grab their outfits and get ready. For older kids, having them start this tradition themselves, will set them up for successful planning ahead in the future.
2. Make a breakfast menu. Many of us keep a dinner menu, but having a breakfast menu keeps you from standing in the kitchen scrounging for something you can feed the kiddos on the way out the door.
These menu items don’t need to feature elaborate breakfasts (although you may pick one day a week you commit to something big – your choice) but can feature things like, yogurt, fruit and toast. Or maybe make a a big batch of breakfast balls.
3. Never put things off until the morning. If there is something you or your kids need to get done for the next day (homework, signing permission slips, taking their evening bath, cleaning something) do it. Don’t allow yourself to say, “Well, I’ll get it done in the morning.”
Because we are on such a strict timeline on most mornings, we don’t have any extra time to fill up with things that should have been done the day before. If we do, it just makes our mornings more chaotic than they probably already are. Don’t do that to yourself!
Not only do these things set you up for calmer mornings, they instill organization and routine in your kids!
Liz is a just a mom trying to keep it real about how little she sleeps, how often she gets puked on and how much she loves them. You can find her here every day writing about real-mom moments.