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New School Term: Tips for a Stress-Free Morning Routine

Tired of wrangling your kids to get to school before the bell rings? You and your little ones shouldn’t be stressed out so early in the day, so we’ve got some tips we hope will make your morning routines a little easier. Read on and you may be able to enjoy lots of stress-free mornings to come...

Bathe or Shower the Night Before

You’re either one of two kinds of people: morning bathers or night bathers. It’s likely your kids take after you as well. If your kids tend to bathe or shower in the morning, however, you may find yourself pressed for time on school mornings. This is especially true if there’s only one bathroom to go around or your kids aren’t old enough to bathe without your assistance.

Because bathing can take up a lot of time, why not do it the night before? Make a warm bath or shower a relaxing part of your kids’ bedtime routine, and simply freshen up the next morning.

Write Out Your Routine

Make a checklist of tasks that need to be done before the kids leave to school. This can include brushing teeth and hair, getting dressed, eating breakfast, and putting on shoes. This can keep your kids organised, and they’ll be more likely to stick to a routine better if they can see it written out in front of them. Better yet, it’ll be harder to miss an important morning task if it’s written out.

Prepare the Night Before

As with bathing and showering, getting the necessary supplies for school ready the night before can save you loads of time. This can include ironing and laying out uniforms, making sure all homework is in your kids’ backpacks, planning breakfast, and packing snacks and lunches for school. Include these preparations in your kids’ bedtime routine to make for a less hectic morning.

Be Flexible

If your morning routine is making your kids late to school, or you find that your children are feeling grumpy from being rushed, then you may need to tweak your morning routine rather than have a rigid set of tasks to accomplish. Are you always late for school? Try waking them up 15 or 20 minutes earlier to give them some more wiggle room. Does one of your kids take longer than you expected brushing their teeth? Plan accordingly to accommodate them.

Offer Rewards for Finishing On Time or Early

Try as you might, it could be that your kids can’t follow the morning routine you’ve set out for them without a little extra nudge. An incentive can give your kids the additional motivation they need to complete morning tasks in a timely fashion. Incentives for finishing early can include several minutes of watching TV before or after school, extra playtime, a small snack, or whatever other treat your child would prefer.

Where possible, ensure the morning routine is as fun as possible to encourage your children to 'play ball' and get ready on time. That said, it's also important that they understand the repercussion of being late, so try to stress this and reward them for a smoother morning routine when you feel it necessary.

Do you have any other tips for a smooth morning routine? Let us know in the comments below or reach out to us on Facebook and Twitter.


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