Back To School: 7 Ways To Have A Better Morning Routine With Your Kids
The alarm’s gone off on another term, but you can make it smoother with these hacks.
9 January 2019
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The first day back at school creeps up on you with stealth. One minute, you’re eating the final Quality Street and helping the kids put on their wellies for a run around the frosty garden, the next you’re asking them where their school bags are.
And it all comes with a large dose of gloom: The fun is over, it’s time for routine and regularity. But routine is actually one thing we often overlook, and some simple tweaks to how you do things in the morning can really make a difference.
These might be some you’ve tried but let slip, some you’ve not tried before, but all can really give your morning routine a happy boost this January…
Yes, it’s awful. Who wants to get up earlier? Nobody, really. But even an extra 10 minutes can make the morning flow much more smoothly. In those 10 minutes you could have the kettle on, your make-up done (rather than doing it on the train – hoorah!) or packed lunches made before you put your phone away and focus on the children.
It’s a mindful way to start the day, and you’ll be so glad you did when it gets to the ‘rush out the door chaos’ part of the morning.
2. Put The Phones Away – And That Includes The Adults
This is a biggie. We all know how time can fly once we’ve started checking emails or social media. And there’s nothing worse than when the kids – in particular those with their own phones – are checking them instead of brushing their teeth. So it’s time to lead by example: Phones away until you’ve done the school run.
3. Stop Dreading It
Children going #backtoschool this week? This might require a short period of readjustment, but young people thrive on routine, structure and boundaries.
There’s a lot of ‘eurgh, back to school’ feeling today. And it’s never a good idea to start a day on a negative. So try and incorporate some positivity into the routine. While you’re getting the kids dressed, talk to them about what they’ll be doing: Is there sport today, or a good assembly planned?
Essentially, this is reversing the, ‘How was your day’ part of the routine, to ask, ‘How might your day be?’ Be positive about your own day, too. This is another tip on leading by example: If you’re struggling to get dressed, moaning about your schedule, what do you expect from the kids?
4. Choose Your Outfit The Night Before
number of outfits I had laid out for this morning's first day of school : 4. Number that my wife and daughter found acceptable : 0. #dadlife#parenting#backtoschool
The children will likely have school uniform, but you can choose from so many different things to wear for work. The problem is, if you make that choice in the morning, it can really eat into the routine you’re trying to set up as a family. So, choose your outfit before you go to bed. It’s one less thing to worry about and frees up time for breakfast.
Talking of which, you probably tell the kids to eat before they go, right? But what about you? Running out the door with a piece of toast in your hand (or feeling annoyed because you’re going to have to grab something to eat at the office) is stressful.
Perhaps the most obvious, but we all say we’re going to do it, then we often don’t. Yes, preparing brekkie is the easiest way to make sure it happens. Bowls and spoons on the table if you’re a cereal family, or jams and plates if it’s toast. If you’re dabbling in porridge (and it’s a great idea at this chilly time of year) then soaking the oats in water or milk overnight in a pan makes life easier in the morning.