For many families across the United States, summer is almost at its end and school will be back in session. Gone will be the days of casually waking up and strolling out the door. The mad rush to get everyone up, dressed, fed and getting out the door on time has arrived.
So, take a deep breath, you still have some time to plan and prepare for a great Back to School with these 6 Tips to Getting Out The Door on Time.
1. Pre-pack. Our morning routines can be hectic so, be proactive and pre-pack. This includes your briefcase and your child’s backpack. If
your child reads, put a checklist next to the backpack so that every morning he/she can checkoff their list. If he does not read yet, then have some fun and use pictures instead. Allowing your child to pack his/her own backpack not only frees up time for you to take care of other things but it gives him/her a sense of ownership and responsibility, which kids crave. Once everything is packed then place it by the door.
2. Set a breakfast menu. Here’s a great list of 10 Make Ahead Breakfasts for Back-to-School from Health.com. Don’t be afraid to try something new with your children, and don’t think you have to be Martha Stewart. A well rounded breakfast of cereal and fruit is sufficient to start the day.
3. Pack lunches the night before. Packing a brown bag lunch should not ruin your morning. Pack lunches the night before. Choose meals that are nutritious and quick. When you have a little more time, make a special lunch that your child will delight in. Delicious and Fun Lunch Ideas for A Stress Free Start to the School Year.
4. Pick out what to wear ahead of time. Stop the dreaded, “I don’t have anything to wear” tantrums in their track. Organize your child’s wardrobe for the week, ahead of time. Create separate labels for Monday thru Friday and hang everything in its place and ready to go. We like this tutorial from I ♥ Organizing. Don’t be too rigid though. If your child wants to wear Wednesday’s clothes on Monday, roll with it.
5. Set A Schedule. From a bathroom schedule to who is to feed the pets, set a schedule and make a chart so that your children know who is to do what when. Taking a little bit of time to do this will save you from numerous headaches by squashing screaming matches before they even have a chance to happen.
6. Set Rules. Have a rule at your house that kids do not get their privileges—watching TV, playing video games, talking on the phone—until they fulfill their responsibilities. Stand firm.