Back to School Tip 8 ~ Simple Strategies To Get Out The Door Faster, Less Frazzled And Smiling First Thing In The Morning
Posted by: Sue Atkins
As we are mid Summer holidays, a lot of parents will be starting to think about their kids going back to school in September so am sharing my My Top Tips For Simple Morning Routines to help you prepare to make life easier and organised when the ‘Back to School’ day arrives … and hopefully keep your more sane!
Children thrive when they know what to expect and what they have to do. Implementing a morning routine will make them feel secure and prepared for the day ahead. Even more importantly, it will make your life a little less complicated and more enjoyable!
All of these tips are designed to help keep morning chaos to a minimum!
Tip 1: Make your kids pack lunch the night before – and get them to help you
Tip 2: Get their shoes/trainers together and at the door ready to slip into quickly without frantically searching for them
Tip 3: Pack your child’s school bag the night before – so homework’s in there already, reading record book is signed the night before, school lunch money is in the envelope, school permission slips are signed , library books are retrieved from behind the bed, and left it by the door ready to pick up and go ……
Tip 4: Get up 15 minutes earlier than your children and have your shower BEFORE the kids wake up, put on your “lippy” or have your cup of coffee FIRST so you are more relaxed, prepared and chilled out. You will be kinder and more fun so you can send your kids off to school in a happier frame of mind rather than nagging shouting and swearing under your breathe and stressed out !
Tip 5: Offer your kids LIMITED choices – “do you want to wear the green jumper or the blue one.” Limited choices make your kids feel they have a choice and are being independent so they won’t throw a tantrum when in fact what’s implied is that they are wearing a jumper so you are still in ultimate control! It’s all in your tone of voice and body language
Tip 6: Lay the table the night before – get the cereals out, the jam and the cutlery so it’s easy to get started on their breakfast – make smoothies the night before and have them ready to pour as a healthy choice.
Tip 7: Make it a rule – no TV in the morning … either at all or at least until they have had their breakfast, brushed their teeth or packed their bag and put their coats and shoes on. Create a HABIT that is simple, quick and CONSISTENT.