Mornings can be hectic and stressful with school, work and daycare as well as after school activities to plan. The stress is only compounded when you’re constantly having to motivate your kids to get moving, as well. So here are four of the best ways to get everyone out the door on time in the morning. Best of all, they’ll simplify your life and in turn, lower your daily stressors.
1. Pack Lunches the Night Before
Packing lunches for school and work can take up a good chunk of time in the morning. To make it easier and to get the kids involved, make a menu and pack lunches the night before. Streamline the process with what works best for your family. However, preparing as much as you can the night before will make your mornings much simpler. And best of all, you’ll be less likely to forget something.
2. Choose Clothes and Set Them Out Before Bed
By choosing an outfit the night before, kids know exactly what they’ll be wearing and what will be weather-appropriate. That means they can get dressed as soon as they get out of bed. Make your kids a part of the process by letting them lay out their clothes. Check the weather and the outfit ahead of time so there’s no last-minute running around. Doing this also helps you make sure laundry is done and ready the night before.
3. Keep Important Items Together
Nothing is worse than those mornings when you can’t find your keys, phone charger or your child’s homework from the night before. It happens. To try to keep this from happening regularly, find a place to keep all the important items you need to get out the door in the morning.
Get backpacks ready the night before and place them by the front door. Find one convenient place for your wallet, keys and phone. Also, make sure they’re together the night before. Put these things in the same place every evening and you won’t be scrambling to find them in the morning. Set up a cubby, crate or area for each child to put their backpacks, boots, books and the like.
4. Make Checklists for the Kids
One way to help keep kids on track is to make checklists for them. Depending on their level, make lists with words or pictures. Keep the list relatively short, especially for the younger ones. Only add tasks they can do themselves and teach them how to go through it step by step. Instead of keeping track of everything they need to do, tell them to work through their checklist.
Some items on your child’s checklist can include:
- Get dressed.
- Brush teeth.
- Eat breakfast.
- Use the restroom.
These are easy things your children can accomplish on their own. That will help them learn responsibility and teach them how to work through the morning routine themselves. And that, in time, will lead to smoother mornings for everyone. You may even have time to enjoy some quality time with your child before setting off.
It can be difficult to set a new routine and stick to it. But if mornings are hectic in your home, getting everyone involved in creating a consistent routine can help make everyone’s morning better. And a better morning means a happier day overall.