Mornings don’t have to be a struggle. With these easy back to school morning routines, you’ll be out the door before you know it. Check them out!
Let’s be honest – getting back into the swing of the school year is tricky. Going from sleeping in to needing to be up and at ‘em in time to catch the bus is a bummer for both kids and parents. Establishing a routine early on is crucial for little ones and beneficial for the whole family. Knowing what to expect helps develop a flow that will ultimately save you a ton of time. Check out a few easy morning routines that will work for kids of all ages (and adults, too)!
Easy Morning Routines for Back to School
- Create an interactive task strip. For younger kids, a task strip is a great way to keep them moving along in the morning. Take a picture of each part of the morning routine (for example: bathroom, brush teeth, get dressed, eat breakfast, make lunch, get backpack, bus or car) and put them on a strip of poster board. Laminate the strip and affix a small piece of Velcro under each picture. Next, laminate a picture of your child and affix Velcro to the back of the picture. As your child goes through the routine, have him move his picture to the next step. By involving him in the routine, he’s much more likely to complete it without complaint.
- Prepare lunch and snack bins for easy access. Throwing together lunch in the mornings is tough for me, and for some reason I don’t like to prepare lunch the night before. I recently saw a great idea to prepare bins in the fridge so your kids can put together their own lunches and snacks. Simply make some sandwiches and prepare your bins a couple of times a week and making lunches in the morning will be a cinch!
- Bite-sized breakfasts. Breakfast is the longest part of our morning routine, and I find that making some bite-sized breakfast options over the weekend makes the weekday mornings go much more smoothly. Hard-boil eggs, make muffin-pan egg cups, cut up a melon or pineapple, or make some yummy pear muffins. I feel much better giving my kids protein and fruit for breakfast than cereal, and if it’s already in the fridge, it doesn’t take any extra effort on those sluggish Mondays (and Tuesdays and Wednesdays…).
- Stay organized. There is nothing worse than running around just before the bus is due to arrive because you can’t find a shoe or jacket. Have a designated spot (like this storage locker) for each child’s shoes, backpacks, and jackets, and work with them to ensure that at the end of the day, all of their items are where they belong. Keeping everything organized will lend to a much less hectic morning.
- Most importantly – set the coffee on auto. Don’t forget about yourself. If you use a drip coffee maker like I do, utilize the auto feature. Seriously. It’s a whole different ballgame when the coffee is waiting for you when you wake up.
Mornings can be a great time for you to spend with your kids and get the day off on the right foot. With these easy changes to your morning routine, you’ll be able to enjoy the time versus run around like a crazy person. Your entire family will feel better for it!