For many parents, back to school means back into a routine. And after weeks of lazy mornings, late nights and long weekends – a rushed morning routine can be tough to get back into. Falling back into a routine after a summer of fun doesn’t have to be scary. Here are 5 tips to that will help:
Designate a landing spot. When you’re pressed for time and have to run out the door, the last thing you want to do is rush around looking for book bags and shoes. A “landing spot” – whether by the front door or in the kids bedroom – will keep busy kids organized and ensure that things will always be in the same place.
Set aside outfits for the week. While folding laundry, put together outfits (including underclothes and socks) for the week and put them in a drawer. This will eliminate morning messes trying to figure out what everyone should wear.
Pack lunch the night before. Keep lunch as simple as possible and try to prepare it the night before. Things like sandwiches and/or leftovers can sit in the fridge overnight. Also make snack bags in advance – with fruit, veggies and/or pretzels – to toss in lunch boxes right before they head out the door.
Keep breakfast simple. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day especially when sending kids off to a full day of school. But it doesn’t need to be complicated for it to be nutritious. Go all out on the weekends, but during the week keep breakfast quick and healthy with a smoothie or a parfait.
Get up before the kids. Don’t wake up with the kids, wake up before the kids. Enjoy your first cup of coffee or tea in silence, watch the news and get yourself together first. The less frazzled you are, the easier it will be to get the kids out the door.
It doesn’t take much to create a back to school morning routine – just a few little tweaks here and there.