Back to school! Its that time of year that makes moms happy and sad; happy to start new routines and sad about the energy and organization it can take to get your family going. Throughout the month of August we are featuring organized moms who will help get you started back to school with the toughest tasks.
Moms are challenged to get everyone out the door on time with a smile. These ideas can get everyone’s day started off right.
Morning school routine
The most important thing I do to make school mornings run smoothly is to do ALMOST everything the night before. My goal is for everything to be done except for obviously breakfast, getting dressed, and brushing teeth. Here are some of the things I do the night before that make our mornings more manageable:
* Unload the dishwasher – I loathe spending extra time in the kitchen late at night when it feels like I’ve been in there ALL DAY, but it’s so worth it to start the morning with a clean kitchen. The breakfast dishes are a quick rinse and load and then I’ve got a clean kitchen again.
* Pack lunches, fruit break, water bottles – another kitchen chore that I despise doing at night, BUT it’s even worse to deal with the next morning, so I make myself get it done!
* Set out backpacks, shoes, and any other items that are going to school that day
* Lay school clothes out as I’m tucking kids in at night
When I slack off and don’t do one or more of these chores the night before, the result is a scattered, hectic morning – not a good start to the day!
Another trick that works for me is to require that the kids eat, dress, put on shoes, and brush teeth and hair before they watch any cartoons. They are motivated to get these small chores done and they enjoy having 10 minutes or so of TV time before we head to school.
Meredith Delap is a stay at home mom of three. She enjoys reading, the beach, and peace and quiet.