Do things tend to get crazy at your house in the mornings before school? You are not alone. Weekday mornings can become the most stressful time of the day for families. Everyone is in a rush to get ready and out the door on time. The good news is you can de-stress your school morning routine with a few simple changes to your family’s daily habits. These tips will help you tame the morning madness.
Start Getting Ready For School the Night Before.
There is a lot you can do to get ready for school the night before. I like for us to do anything we can to prepare for school the night before because every little task saves us precious time in the mornings. Plus, we don’t have to waste time running around the house trying to track down permission slips, lost shoes, library books, etc. Examples of things to do the night before school include:
- Finish homework
- Pack backpacks
- Prep lunches and snacks
- Pick out what to wear the next day
- Go to bed on time
One of the best things I have ever done to help my kids get dressed for school quickly and without any hassles is to use a hanging closet organizer. Yes, you read that right: No more hassles! I bought our closet organizers at Target.
How It Works: Hang the closet organizer. Let your child choose five complete outfits they are willing to wear to school that week. Put one outfit on each shelf of the organizer. Now your child can wake up and get dressed without the hassle of trying to figure out what they should wear. The closet organizer system helps my kids get dressed a lot faster than they used to. It’s a game-changer on school mornings.
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On the same trip to Target, we were back-to-school shopping for must haves like jeans, socks, and underwear. Target’s jeans have stretch so they are super comfy for kids. Luke is loving his stylish new Skinny Jeans.
Banish rude awakenings.
Blaring alarm clocks are the worst! Annoying alarm clock sounds put me and the kids in a bad mood from the second we wake up. Bad moods make us more likely to fuss and snap at each other. When I realized what a negative impact loud alarms were having on our morning interactions, I looked for alternative solutions like a vibrating alarm bracelet, and a light-up alarm clock (available online at Target). Maybe we are just a moody bunch of people – but finding a less stressful way to wake up helps us to wake up on the right side of the bed a lot more often on school days.
Keep a Simple Morning Routine.
Streamline your morning routine. Simple morning routines teach kids (especially the younger ones) what to expect and what they need to do every day. Before long, they will have it down. For example, our kids’ morning routine is:
- Wake up
- Get dressed
- Eat breakfast
- Brush Teeth
- Fix Hair
- Get backpack on
- Hug Mom
- Ride to school with Dad
Yes, Hug Mom really is part of our morning routine. I try to sneak in a few kisses, too! Our hug time also gives me the chance to make sure everyone is all ready to go out the door to school.
There are 180 school mornings in every school year. It may take at least a few of them to get your family into a groove that works. Don’t get discouraged. The extra effort to prep for school the night before and set a simple morning routine will pay off. Your entire family will enjoy a less stressful start to the day. And who knows, you may even begin looking forward to mornings again!
Do you have any tips for making school mornings less hectic? What is your family’s morning routine? Share your ideas with us in the comments below.
Thank you to Target for sponsoring this blog post. All opinions expressed are my own.