Managing your family's morning routine for school can get everyone's day off to a great start. There are a lot of moving parts to the beginning of the day, but with a little planning, a morning routine can be an effective way to get your family out the door with very little stress.
Prepare For The Morning Routine Before Bed
Stop a stressful morning in its tracks with a little pre-planning the night before.
Pack lunches and lay out clothes for the next day in the evening. Have a designated place for shoes, briefcases, sports gear and backpacks. You may even want to keep your phone and keys in this spot so everything is together and near the door.
If you can, fix breakfast the night before as well. Put oatmeal or a breakfast casserole in the slow-cooker to cook while you sleep. I am a huge fan of making overnight oats in glass jars because you can toss in a bit of milk and reheat it or just enjoy it cold, topped with fruit.
Other ready-made breakfast options that will simplify the morning routine for school days is to have homemade granola, yogurt, chia pudding, and fruit, easily available for everyone to serve themselves as they are ready.
Take Care Of Yourself
A calm, well-rested mom sets the mood for the entire family. When you take care of yourself, you are better able to take care of your family. Get to bed at a time that will allow you enough sleep to feel rested. Rest leads to better moods and better choices. Creating space for a few pauses in the day will help you get rid of any stress that may keep you lying awake at night.
Start your morning routine a little earlier than your family and take some quiet time for yourself with an easy meditation exercise, a walk or yoga. Some self-care in the morning will leave you to feel a little more generous with your time and patience later in the day.
Make A Morning Routine Chart
A school day morning routine chart with words and pictures will help to set the expectations of everything your children need to do. To encourage greater ownership over the tasks, try to include them in making the chart. Include things on your morning routine chart like:
- Wash face
- Brush teeth
- Brush hair
- Get dressed
- Eat breakfast
- Get backpack, lunch and water bottle
- Get on outdoor clothes
Eventually, the steps in this chart should become second-nature for your children which will reduce your need to walk them through each task.
Stay Calm And Breathe
This tip can be the hardest one for sure, especially if you’re running late. If you’re feeling stressed, everyone else likely feels it too.
Try taking a deep breath, like this candle-breathing mindfulness technique and calmly assign tasks to everyone to help get your family out the door. Giving everyone a task will give them a feeling of responsibility.
If need be, force yourself to whisper. It will help you remain calm instead of raising your voice.
A predictable and simple morning routine for the family leads to a great day for everyone.