School mornings, they are enough to bring terror to even the most chilled parent. It is no secret that I am not the most organised person in the world and this includes getting out the door in time on school mornings! The familiar sound of “get your shoes on, get your shoes on, get your shoes on” that just gets louder and louder is something that I am trying to put a stop to! So, I thought I would share my strategies for a calmer school morning with you (you can use these tips for kids of any age, because we all know it difficult to get out of the house with children full stop).
Implement a getting ready for school checklist
The simplest way of getting organised in the mornings is to put the power back in your children’s hands. They love being given the responsibility! It is important not to overwhelm them, however, with too many tasks so you will need to make sure your checklist is age appropriate. Here is the link to download the one I created for my 6 year old. So far, she is loving looking at what she needs to do in the morning and it stops me from having to remind her about everything. She just goes to her list to see what she needs to do next! We have it in a frame next to the front door. An awesome idea would be to get a whiteboard marker so they can tick the items off once they have done them!
Shower first thing!
I know coffee is life but I find that if I shower as soon as I wake up, the mornings just run smoother. The kids are generally the happiest as soon as they wake up. Probably because they haven’t had a chance to annoy the crap out of each other yet which means I can shower in peace and quiet (70% of the time anyway!). Then after you are showered and dressed the main part is done and you can focus on getting the kids fed and out the door!
Create a snack drawer
Most people will tell you to pack the lunches the night before, but if this is just too much organisation for you then having a snack drawer is a game changer! We use these Ikea containers in our pantry so the kids can fill their own little containers for their lunch boxes. Then if you do the same thing in the fridge the kids will know what they can choose from and again, you’re putting the power back in their hands. Heck, they might even try something new!
Pump Some Tunes
Music ha the power to change the mood of the whole morning. So turn the TV off and put your favourite song on! A great idea is to make a few different playlists to choose from depending on the vibe you want to go for. If your in the mood for a dance put something upbeat on or if you would prefer something a little more relaxing something acoustic would work! I am loving the Angus and Julia Stone radio playlist on Spotify at the moment!
I would love to hear what strategies you implement in the morning madness!
Christie is a mother of three, early learning professional, breastfeeding educator, blogger, life coach, postnatal doula and Becoming Us facilitator. She embraces various topics related to the transition into parenthood on her blog and also on Facebook and Instagram. Christie is passionate about helping mummas find themselves and come through the other side better than ever!