preparing for school mornings
Needless to say, we are well and truly out of the school morning routine.
Dawdling is our preferred pace of late, peppered with a fair bit of disorganisation. We struggle to get out the door before 10am and when we do it’s a bit of a palaver.
This year I’m getting two kids ready for school and while excitement levels are high, I’m well aware that excitement can be distracting.
And then there’s me; just emerging from the first trimester and well and truly out of routine. I definitely need a bit of practice.
And so, come Monday, we’ll be doing a bit of a trial run. It won’t involve school uniforms or the like but I will be up by 6:30am and rousing the kids by seven. And then we’ll do breakfast and dishes and washing out and clothes on and teeth brushed and shoes located.
And we’ll attempt to be in the car with minimal shouting by 8:30am.
And then I’ll drive to the beach or the coffee shop and relish in the fact that I have a whole week till the school run officially begins again.
I’m no expert at super-organised school mornings that flow easily. However, I know that there are a few things that always, without fail, ensure an easier morning routine.
- create a designated place for school bags and shoes : ours is in the entryway so as soon as we get home of an afternoon the bags are placed beside the desk, unpacked and there they stay till the next morning.
- pack lunch boxes at night : I never used to do this but last year I was converted. It saves a good twenty minutes in the morning and is particularly helpful if you’ve had an unsettled night with a baby or toddler.
- encourage your kids to lay out their uniform for the following day : yes, they are capable! And if you don’t do this, you might have to utilise the 15minutes super quick cycle on your washing machine + dryer before school (and that’s never a great start to the day).
- give the kids a ten minute warning : the key to this being successful is that you need to give it to them when you’ve got twenty minutes spare. A reader shared this trick with me a few years ago and it works a charm. I encourage the kids to sit at the door with bags on their backs and there they wait till I’m ready to leave. It’s incredibly satisfying.
Before school commences I would also encourage you to clear the front of your fridge because the notes that will come home in those first few weeks are of epic proportions (and all very important!).
How are you feeling about the kids going back to school?