Moms all over the world often spend the morning frustrated because their children run behind. They know there has to be a better way. Using these sure-fire tips to make your morning routine for school run smoother, your day can start on a positive note rather than a sour one.
Your day will run much smoother if you do as much as you can the night before. It will reduce the amount of time everyone takes to get ready and there will be much less stress. Here are a few things you can do the night before to help you be better prepared to have a great morning.
Shower or bathe
Schedule showers or baths for all of the children. If they can get clean the night before, that will be one less thing they’ll have to do in the morning. Having the children bathe the night before will also ensure you have plenty of hot water for your own bath or shower.
In addition, bathing at night is a terrific part of the nighttime routine in getting your kids to calm down and get ready for sleep. I know my children don’t do as well if they don’t get a good soak in before bed.
Set out clothes
Teach your children to choose and set out their clothes the night before. You can approve each outfit (or at least tell the younger ones how you love what they picked out) and ensure there are no sewing repairs to be made. If you have girls, don’t forget to have your children find their shoes and socks to place with the outfit so all they have to do when they get up is get dressed. I can’t tell you how many friends have said their daughters take forever in just picking out their shoes.
Pack their bag
Look through each child’s book bag when they bring it home each day. I immediately recycle anything that isn’t important. Be sure to ask them what homework assignments they have and ensure they work on them. You’ll also want to check to see if there are any important papers you need to see. Transfer any significant dates to your family calendar. Sign anything which requires your signature and then place everything that goes back to school back into your child’s book bag. Place their book bag by the door so it’s ready to pick up and go.
Check the family calendar
It is very helpful to have a centralized family calendar that is easily accessible to everyone. I work on a Mac and each person in the family has their own color so I can immediately see who has what the next day. Check the calendar the night before so you won’t have any surprises. There may be doctor’s appointments or your children may have after-school activities to attend. By checking the calendar before you go to bed you’ll be able to make any necessary car pooling arrangements if necessary.
Prepare lunches the night before if possible. If you can’t pack the entire lunch, do what you can. Keep refrigerated items in the refrigerator until morning. Grab what you need to finish up what needs to be done and then pack each item in your child’s lunch container. I use the top shelf in the door to hold easy-to-grab lunch items to make it even easier to get ready, such as juice boxes and applesauce pouches.
Set the table
Before heading to bed, set out the dishes you’ll need for breakfast in the morning. Depending upon what you plan to prepare, you can also do some of that the night before. Pre-scramble the eggs or make the egg and milk mixture for French toast. Keep the milk or orange juice on a lower shelf so your younger children can help take things out of the refrigerator.
I keep frozen waffles from the weekend in the freezer so they can easily be toasted the next morning.
Get kids to help with breakfast in the morning
Unless your children are very young they can, and probably should, help you with breakfast. Teach them to get the things necessary for the meal such as cereal, and bread for toast. we keep the boxes of cereal on a low shelf so they can easily help themselves. We also “cheat” in the morning and have wholesome granola bars (not the sugar-infused kind!) or English breakfast bars.
Finally, as you’re working toward a morning routine that runs smoother, keep some often-needed things in your car. Hair brush, pencils, juice box and extra socks can be kept in a box and easily accessible if your children aren’t being particularly helpful. Good luck at having a morning that runs smoothly!