The summer break is officially over. The kids return to school after the long weekend in just a few days, and we are ready for the new routine.
Mornings can be chaotic once school starts, but I am sharing some tips we use at home to help make our school mornings go smooth.
I hope you all have the best return to school.
- Set your alarm earlier than your kids to get some extra YOU time. This one is a big one for me. Making sure that I have the time to do a quick workout, or drink my coffee in peace, helps me start my day on a good note. Highly recommend this if you want some quiet “ME” time before the day begins. Of course, this works if you go to bed early, so you don’t feel sleep-deprived.
- Pack school lunches and snacks the night before. I don’t like the rush of packing lunches in the morning, and I find that preparing everything the night before works so much better for us. I usually pack healthier lunches this way and I just have to take things out of the fridge in the morning instead of rushing to put something together for them.
- Get kids to lay out their clothes the night before. I have done this all my life, and now my kids do as well. I like laying out our clothes the night before so we know what we are wearing and have everything ready before our morning showers. It works so well with kids; I don’t have to worry about them having a hard time picking what they will wear in the morning.
- Use a chart to help your kids visualize routines. This one is very beneficial when children are younger, but I find that even older children benefit from this. Setting up all the steps and everything they need to do in the morning helps get them back into a routine. I usually don’t have to do this the entire school year, but I find it helps a lot if we do it for the first couple of weeks.
- Smile, be patient and enjoy the back-to-school season. Change can be challenging for everyone at home, children and parents alike. So be patient, smile, and enjoy the return to school. If you are running behind or running late, avoid yelling and instead try to wake up a bit earlier the next day or use the tips above to avoid rushing the next day.
Do you have any other tips that work at your home? If you do, share them in the comments below. I would love to hear them!
Have a Happy and Safe Back To School Season!