So summer is coming to a close and kids everywhere can hear the rumble of school buses and smell the scent of freshly sharpened pencils. The transition from lazy summer vacation to early back to school mornings can be a little rough, but there are things you can do to make getting the kids out the door much easier on the whole family.
Start with a smart bedtime routine. A smooth and pleasant morning starts the night before. Tired kids tend to be less cooperative than well-rested ones, so your first line of defense against frazzled weekday mornings is making sure everyone gets enough sleep (you included). Setting consistent bedtimes and limiting screen-time at night can help do the trick.
Pre-make school lunches and pick outfits the night before. You’ll be amazed at the time and frustration you save in the morning by making lunches nightly instead of bright and early. Then, do the same with outfits! Have a child that likes to change clothes ten times before the bus comes? Let them do that at night and whatever outfit they settle on is the morning’s pick.
Avoid morning screen-time. Few things distract and slow a child down more than television, Smartphones and tablets. Don’t let those devices get in the way of a streamlined morning routine.
Make breakfast a priority. If at all possible, have the whole family eat breakfast together at a consistent time every morning. This can help keep everyone on schedule and ensure that they are starting their day off right with healthy food and family.
Don’t forget YOU! In the hullabaloo of weekday mornings, it’s easy to neglect your own morning “me-time.” Try to set aside some time before everyone wakes to enjoy a cup of coffee, get centered and prepare for the day.