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School Morning Routines for Kids

 

 

9/2/2021

 

 

Morning madness begins when that alarm goes off!  Whether you have to get to work or your home office, trying to deal with breakfast, bed making, dressing the kids and all that comes with getting them to school or daycare successfully can be quite the challenge each morning.   The easier answer is routine, routine, routine.   Starting the night before, there are many small chores that can be prepared ahead of the next morning.   With some careful thought, we have come up with a few tips to help you master this challenge:

SET SLEEP GOALS - A successful morning most definitely can be affected by not enough sleep.   Dealing with a grouchy, tired child is not a great start to the day, so keep your sleep routines consistent.   No matter their age, all humans require a deep, restful and restorative sleep.    Sleep helps children develop both mentally and physically, so ensuring they get the amount they need should be a top priority.  Tips to establish healthy sleeping habits:

  1. Get enough sleep: Kids ages 6 to 13 need 9 to 11 hours of sleep each day while teens aged 14 to 17 need 8 to 10 hours of sleep each day. Work backward from the alarm time to make sure everyone is getting the proper amount of Z’s.
  2. Stick to a regular schedule: All kids do well with routines so try to keep your kids on consistent daytime and nighttime schedules to help regulate sleep.
  3. Stay consistent with your routine: Help your child fall asleep by building a relaxing bedtime routine free of electronics or TV. Reading books or journaling together can be great bedtime activities.
  4. Set the mood for sleep: Create an ideal sleep environment by regulating the temperature and light levels of your child’s room. Test out noise machines or fans to help them fall asleep and stay asleep.

PREP THE NIGHT BEFORE -  There are so many little things to remember so get ahead of these little chores by preparing the night before.   Forming a routine at night after their dinner is not a bad habit and will help prevent stress in the mornings.   It will also help children learn to be more responsible for their own school bags, homework and after school sports equipment and clothes.

  1. Pack lunches in advance: Fruit and vegetables can all be washed, and put into little containers.   Sandwiches and snacks can all be packed beforehand.  Water bottles can be washed and filled and ready at the door.
  2. Have your child lay out their clothes for the next day
  3. Tidy up their rooms before they hop in the shower
  4. Check homework, sign and let kids file and pack it in their backpacks. This should include any permission slips and forms for class.
  5. Fill up the car:  You should always have at least half a tank of gas, or over. ready to go.  
  6. Make sure everything has a place for adults and kids: Keys should all be on hooks. Jackets and backpacks ready to go at the door. Organizing bins can be so helpful for each child.

GIVE YOURSELF 15 MINUTES - Giving yourself time to get dressed and have a cup of coffee before the chaos starts is always beneficial.  Gathering yourself ahead of time is worth losing a bit of extra sleep.
KIDS HYGIENE ROUTINES - Starting a good hygiene routine when they are still young will set them up for life.
  Make the bed: Start the day by accomplishing an easy task like making the bed.

  1. Practice good hygiene: Head to the bathroom for teeth, hair, and personal care.
  2. Get dressed: Allow your kids to pick out their own clothing — from head to toe — to promote creativity and independence.
  3. Feed the pet: Encourage responsibility by tasking your child to feed the family fish or give water to the dog each morning.

Be flexible: Roll with the punches and rearrange as necessary.  Make adjustments and remember it’s not the end of the world if everything doesn’t fall into place. 
Remain calm: You’ve got this! Show your kids that positivity goes a long way and that with each morning, you get a fresh start.
Finally, a few positive intentions, a little music from their playlists and a yummy breakfast will set you on the right path to get out the door in one piece.