Every parent has experienced the morning rush on a school day. Sometimes, you don’t get as much time as you would like and, when that happens, standards can slip. But that doesn’t always have to be the case. Here, we’re going to look at how you can ensure your kids get out the door with everything they need.
Set clothes out the night before
Make sure that everyone is ready to get dressed and get into action by making sure that all of their clothes (as well as your own) are visible and accessible as soon as you wake up. It just takes a little time to get the outfits ready at night, but it can save a lot of time spent looking for lost socks in the morning.
Wake up and get up
You want to make sure that you don’t sleep in any more than you have to. The single best way to do that is to set alarm clocks strategically so that even if you snooze past one, the next will get you. A sleep timer will help you set alarms for when you’re likely to be at your most alert. One tip is to set your phone across the room so that you have to get up out of bed to switch off the alarm.
Give kids a morning checklist
If your kids are getting older, then it’s high time they can take a little of the weight off your shoulders. Write down a morning step-by-step checklist and put it up on the wall, including getting dressed, packing the backpack, checking their homework is done, and grabbing their lunch. Of course, you might want to do a quick double-check of all these things before they head out the door.
Get quick food options ready
Make sure that breakfast is ready and available in quick form. Setting up a big bowl or plate on the kitchen table or countertop with things like granola bars, croissants, and yogurt cups can make sure that they grab something. Keeping some meal kits for kids at hand can make sure that you don’t have to spend a ton of time preparing lunch as well. Just make sure that no one gets out the front door without getting fed and taking lunch with them.
Look at alternative transport options
One of the things that can put parents in a huge rush is having to get the kids to school when they also have demands on their time. If you’re worried you won’t be able to make the drive in time, then take advantage of what the school offers if they have a bus system. You might want to look at taxi services (making especially sure that your child is old enough and that they’re reputable.)
Of course, if you find yourself rushing out the door on a regular basis, it might be time to address why that’s happening, and to try to give yourself more time in the morning by perhaps going to bed earlier at night. However, if you foresee that rush, then follow the tips above.
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