Making a few adjustments to your morning routine can make things fun, easy and quick. Use these twelve simple tips and tricks to get your kids off to school in no time.
Take the frozen juice out of the freezer and let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight; it will be easier to mix in the morning.
Set the table at night, and get out the necessary items you’ll need for breakfast. For example, if you plan to fix waffles, put the waffle iron and the dry ingredients out on the counter.
Make sandwiches for lunch boxes the night before and store them in the fridge in self locking sandwich bags; add the lettuce and fresh vegetables in the morning.
If the kids need to do chores in the morning, make a list they can follow and give it to them the night before. Younger children sometimes just need an easy system to know who is supposed to bring in the paper and who should feed the cat.
Make a rotating schedule for the bathroom; this will help eliminate some of the hassles. A vanity with a mirror in a teenage girl’s room, where she can primp and put on makeup, can also spare bathroom bickering.
Purchase each school-age child an alarm clock with a pleasant tone or music. This helps children to learn to take responsibility for their own schedules.
If possible, allow enough time in the morning for an unrushed breakfast. This is a great time to communicate as a family about the upcoming events that day.
Encourage your children to prepare for the morning the night before. They can decide what they’ll wear and set it out. Designate an assigned place for school gear, so they don’t have to play hide and seek at the last minute to find books or gym shorts.
Exercise in the morning; it helps get those creative and mental juices flowing.
Don’t turn on the TV in the morning unless the older kids need to watch a special news report.
Make a sunshine jar for children who move slowly in the morning and tend to disrupt the schedule. Every day that they’re dressed and ready for school on time, drop a quarter in the jar. They can use the money collected during the week for a Friday afternoon treat.
Whether you drive your children to school or send them out the door to ride their bikes or meet the bus, be sure your last words are positive ones. Encourage your children and let them know you love them as you part ways.
By following these easy tips and tricks, you can make your mornings virtually hassle free. It’s all about preparedness and a positive attitude.