Who else is in the midst of creating a morning routine for school kids?
Creating a Morning Routine for School
It’s back. Back to school is HERE and the mornings are EARLY. We don’t know about you, but no matter how many kids you are juggling – school mornings, especially at the first of the school year is a BEAR. We’re sharing tips that have helped us create a morning routine for school that doesn’t have us crying. Hopefully one (or all) of these morning routine tips will help your household flow more smoothly as the kids head out the door.
School Morning Routine Tips
Here are tips from veteran parents on how to best establish a school morning routine.
Wake Up Before the Kids
This may seem like a no brainer, but wake up 20 minutes before your kids wake up. Make coffee and make breakfast. Have it ready on the table.
Keep Positive – Put on a Happy Face
This is the hardest, but essential. Kids react to their surrounding and are empathetic to attitudes. Keep it cheery, put on a happy face – they will be out of the house in no time.
This fake it until you make it will help their day start well and will put a positive aspect on the start of your day.
Prepare the Night Ahead of Time
Showers are done the night before. Keep shoes, socks and backpacks near the front door (or whichever door they leave thru.) It’s amazing how a missing shoe can cause a tardy!
Weekly Clothes Prep
Have you seen how we prep clothes for the week? As a family of people who HATE LAUNDRY – this has become essential. Check out our favorite morning routine tip – organizing clothes for school.
Weekly Lunch Prep
If your kids buy their lunch at school, just make sure there is lunch money in their account. If you pack lunches, consider doing a weekly meal lunch prep. This is something your kids can help do – more on how to do this in a future post.
Breakfast Meal Plan
Just as you may do dinner meal planning, setup a breakfast meal plan. Don’t get too fancy, just know what you have. If you need to keep it simple, don’t worry – kids just need to eat a breakfast. While a nice healthy hot breakfast is ideal, this is real life. A box of cinnamon rolls from the store bakery works just as well. Cereal works well and if you insist on a “hot meal” – make instant oatmeal. Self care is important for parents too – and buying pre-made is just find.
Get the Kids to Help – School Morning Checklist for Kids
Here is a free morning routine printable. This is a school morning checklist for kids. Use this to help your kids know what to do, when. Click below and print out several copies for your kids. Have them use each morning when they wake up so there is no excuses on not knowing what to do!
Set Alarms for Everything
With a device like a Amazon Echo or even your smart phone – you can easily set multiple alarms.
Don’t only set a wake-up alarm, setup an alarm for when you need to leave or when the kids need to be out the door for the bus. These extra alarms serve as good audio reminders and cues to help keep your school morning routine going and on track.
What tips do you have to create an AWESOME morning routine for school? Share in the comments.