A long, lazy summer may have erased the memory of school mornings filled with sleepy kids, grumpy parents and the frantic rush to catch the school bus. But now that Labor Day has come and gone, the morning rush has begun and it feels like summer never happened. But never fear, with a few minor adjustments to your routine, calmer mornings can be your reality.
1. Check it Off
Take a few things off your plate. After all, you don’t have to do everything! If your child is at an age where they are ready to take on a little bit of responsibility – typically in the pre-K through first grade range – use a dry erase board to create a chart of easy morning tasks, i.e. Brush Teeth, Get Dressed, etc. Once completed, they can check off the task. Make adjustments to the chart as they mature. This chart will keep things moving in the morning and foster independence. This Chore Chart is perfect for this purpose.
2. Make Nighttime Their Friend
Getting a couple things done at night can help prevent a morning frenzy. Having them bath, pick out clothes and prepare their backpacks are three easy things to get out of the way. This will make a world of difference in the morning.
3. Make Nighttime Your Friend
If you & the one who is the most stressed out in the mornings, practice what you preach and get a few tasks out of the way before bed. Making lunches at night can make a huge difference in how hectic a morning can be. Because let’s face it, trying to make breakfasts and lunches at the same time is challenging for even the most Type-A parent. Don’t forget to pack their favorite Tickle Water!
4. A Slow Awakening
Some children leap out of bed joyfully at the crack of dawn, but for those who are slow to wake, give them a little time. Wake them 10-15 minutes early and let them read a bit (or read to them, if they haven’t outgrown this and you can spare the minutes). If you are not a morning person, you understand how unpleasant getting out of bed right away can be. It’s the same for them and they’ll be grateful for the calm before the storm.