It’s back to school time! I know all my fellow parents are secretly (or blatantly) jumping for joy about the kid’s heading back to school. For us, school starts in a couple of weeks and I am anxiously awaiting the first day of school. Even though I am ready for the back to school hustle, I am not ready for the busy back to school mornings. These mornings generally consist of tears, threats and bribery just to get the school aged children out of the house on time.
If you haven’t check out my Back to School Essentials post check it out now to prepare for the back to school rush.
Tips for Busy Back to School Mornings
Prepare the night before
Prepare everything the night before. Pick out clothes, make lunches, and pack the backpack to be fully ready to head out the door in the morning. Since Hayden also does soccer in the fall, on practice days, I make sure that I have his gear ready to go after school as well.
Wake up earlier
This one for me is easy. Generally, I am heading into work and need to get myself ready before I get the kids up and moving. Plus, I also like to drink my cup of coffee in relative peace. This also works because I am all ready to go myself and have time to focus on getting the kids ready afterwards.
Earlier Bed Time at Night
This should be obvious. The earlier the bed time, the longer the child sleeps. This should lead to happier, easier morning routines right? Not always. Try to establish a bedtime routine, even in the later years, to help children get to sleep faster. For Hayden that means shower, brush teeth and he is allowed time to read. He usually doesn’t last long into reading before he is sound asleep.
Have easy to grab breakfasts prepared ahead of time. The majority of the time, Hayden likes to have cereal, toast and yogurt in the morning. Other times, he prefers pancakes. Make a large batch of pancakes over the weekend and freeze the leftovers. That way, your kids can grab and pop in the toaster to make themselves on busy mornings.
Tip: to keep the pancakes from sticking together during freezing, lay them out in a single layer on a cookie sheet and place in freezer for a couple of hours. Then either individually wrap in plastic bags or place in layers on wax paper in a tupper ware container.
Prepare your Child
Sometimes, I need to prepare Hayden the night before about what to expect the next morning. I go over the time we need to get up, what time we need to leave the house, and even what the options are for breakfast, our morning goes much more smoothly.
Hopefully some of these tips help others take on their busy back to school morning routines. How do you keep your kids going on those early school mornings?