The craziest time of day for parents is that early time in the morning trying to get kids out the door to school. Making sure they are fed, dressed, and have all their school stuff can be overwhelming. It does not have to be this way. A few tips can help to alleviate some of this stress.
The night before is a great time to soften the impending chaos of the morning. Choose some of the tasks that do not have to wait until morning. These probably include, making lunches and setting out clothes. School age kids are old enough to take on some of these responsibilities.
If you are on a tight schedule, school days are not the time for a three course hot breakfast. Save that for the weekend. Stock up on easy to prepare breakfast meals such as cereal, yogurt, nuts and breakfast bars.
One of the biggest time killers for a family is the television. If it is turned on, kids will become distracted and glued to watching it. This will adversely affect your chances of getting out of the house on time.
Once the kids have stayed on track and gotten ready including having all of their stuff ready to go and having eaten, you can decide if they can now hit the sofa and watch the television.
In order that everyone can find their own stuff, designate a space for each child’s stuff somewhere in the house.
Children have a lot of items to have together to get off to school. In addition to giving them an area to place their items, include proper hooks and baskets to hold them. Keys and identification cards can easily be lost if just allowed to stay in a pile or coat pocket.
This is going to be a daily routine for a long time. Avoid being stressed every morning. Take a few minutes to yourself to relax in the morning before attacking the day.