It will be business as usual in many households as the kids head back to school this week. Mornings can be mayhem, rushing to get everyone out of the door on time. Start the new school year by creating a calmer morning routine and everyone will have a stress-free start to the day. Here are our top tips for back to school bliss!
Preparation is Key
Homework that needs finishing, lunches to make, and hunting for mislaid items can cause unnecessary stress in the morning. Make mornings less manic by preparing these things the night before. Before bedtime, get your children to check they have their clothes and backpack ready to grab and go in the morning. Prepare lunchboxes in advance and have them ready in the fridge to save time the next day.
School-aged children need around nine hours of sleep on average. Help your kids start the day bright and breezy by establishing a good bedtime routine. A bath and a bedtime story can help calm children down before bed, helping them get a good night’s sleep.
Make a Morning Checklist
Teach your children responsibility early on by having them wake up on their own and get dressed before coming to the kitchen for breakfast. You could put up a checklist on your child’s wall or on the fridge of things that need to be done. If they are quite young, the list was made up of pictures so they still know what to do. This way everyone knows what they are meant to be doing to help ensure you make it to school on time.
Stick to the Routine
Once you have a routine that works for your family, stick to it. Giving your children responsibility for getting themselves ready will encourage them to be more organised and independent. This will mean mornings run more smoothly and everyone starts the day feeling calm and energised, rather than tired and rushed.
If you have any tips and tricks for easing the morning rush, we’d love to hear from you!
Have a great start to the new term!
The Findababysitter.com Team