Many kids started back-to-school over the last two weeks. I’m sure some were a little nervous, and some were excited. Maybe mom and dad were a bit anxious as well. It’s normal, so no worries. Or did you have a party?
My children are still on summer vacation, so we are planning our survival tips this weekend. Regardless if your child(ren) started back last week or starting within the upcoming weeks here’s a few tips that have worked for my home to help my husband and me survive the morning hustle of the school year.
Tips To Help Mom and Dad avoid the morning rush for back-to-school and the rest of the school year
1. Have a parent meeting – If you are a single parent, you still need to set time aside to plan your attack. During this time, we discuss our morning routine. What time we need to get up and who’s responsible for what.
2. Plan a morning routine for yourself – My husband and I have a separate routine that does not involve the children nor one another. This ensures we each have our meditation time, quiet time, etc. and ensures we are up and ready to greet the kids each morning. Come back to read about our specific routines, why and how we implemented it.
3. Be fully dressed before your child(ren) are up – Being a Work From Home or Stay At Home Parent makes it’s easy to remain in P.J.s as your child(ren) are getting ready, but what happens if they miss the bus? You also feel a bit better and ready to take on the world. Once your kids are off to school, you don’t have to worry about getting ready for the day and get busy with your plans.
4. Prep or pack school lunches the night before – I do not make lunches the night before, but everything is prepped and ready to be put together for lunch (I only have one child that eats home lunch each day. The other two eat school lunch).
5. Have clothes laid out the night before – it saves the search for that “perfect” outfit during the mad dash of the morning. We go as far as clothes being laid out for the entire week. It’s pretty simple for my husband since he’s a Naval Officer. He wears the same lovely outfit every day. The kids gather their clothes by Sunday at 7 p.m. and have them on our bed. From there I iron and fold everything to place on their beds for them to put away in their closet caddy. I also select my clothes for the week. This tip is probably the biggie for my home. On the weeks I miss this, everyone feels it.
Basic But Helpful
These are very basic, but I promise you these five little things have saved our sanity. As a kid, my mom used to make me get my clothes together for the week and ironed everything. I remembered this when my husband deployed, and I had all three kids in school, I had to do something before I totally lost my mind. Once I sat down and realized some things needed to change, my mornings were less stressful. Get that notebook and pen out to draft yourself a morning plan for your home. Be sure to include times in there too.
Being prepared in the morning not only reduces the parent’s stress, but it also reduces your child’s stress. Our kids already have stressors within their day at school. If we can eliminate or at least decrease our stressors that trickle down to them, we are helping them face their day head on and with a smile.
What’s one of your morning survival tips? Even if you don’t have children, what’s a tip that has saved your sanity and lessened stress in your morning?
~Know You, Be You, Love You
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