12 Back-to-School Tips for Gettings Your Kids Ready in the Morning

12 Back-to-School Tips for Gettings Your Kids Ready in the Morning

Calling all super parents! As the golden days of summer start to wind down, it's that time of the year again—back to school season. If you're a master of creating cozy hideaways like those we've chatted about in our hidden spaces blogs (cue memories of effortless relaxation), you've got what it takes to nail those school morning routines too. We're here to sprinkle a touch of that relaxing magic on the challenge of getting your little ones ready for school without a fuss. So, whether you're a morning person or need that extra coffee kick, these 12 tips are here to make the AM rush a breeze. Let's dive in!

Tip 1: Create an Easy-to-Follow Sleep Schedule

Kicking off with a vital piece of the puzzle, a solid sleep schedule is key to any morning routine. Ensure your kids start winding down early with calming bedtime rituals—maybe a story from their fave book or some soothing tunes. A good night's sleep sets the tone for a smoother morning. Consistency is also key here, whether they are actually asleep or just in bed, it’s important to have them in that relaxed mood right from the get-go. 

Tip 2: Have Tomorrow's Outfit Ready-to-Go

Picture this: clothes peacefully waiting for action, not strewn across the room. Choose outfits the night before and have them ready to go. You'll save precious minutes and maybe even dodge the infamous "I have nothing to wear!" crisis. (Always good to have a backup outfit ready to go, in case of a breakfast mess or simply your kid isn’t feeling the first outfit– we want to avoid any tantrums first thing in the morning– for your sanity and theirs!)

Tip 3: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day

Kickstart those mini engines with a breakfast that's not just delicious but nutritious too. Think egg burritos, yogurt, or waffles with fruit. A healthy meal fuels them for the day's adventures, whether they're solving math problems or embarking on epic playground quests.

Tip 4: Prep Lunches in Advance

Think of lunch prep like crafting those lovely hidden spaces—plan, prepare, and make it magical. Pack lunches the night before to keep mornings smooth and full of anticipation for what's inside those lunch boxes (plus earn yourself a few extra minutes of sleep in the morning).

Tip 5: Set a Tech-Free Morning Zone

Create a tech-free zone during the morning routine. It helps your kiddos focus on getting ready and connecting with you, rather than being lost in screens. It also ensures they won’t have any tantrums when you have to take them away from the tech and on their way to school.

Tip 6: Establish a Morning Routine Chart

A visual guide can do wonders! (Especially on extra hectic mornings). Create a fun morning routine chart with tasks like brushing teeth, getting dressed, and packing bags with target times for each one to ensure you’re getting out the door on time. It's a playful way to guide them through the AM rituals by involving them in creating the work back time schedule too. And get your kids involved by letting them cross off things they’ve done!

Tip 7: The Power of Playlists

Playlists work wonders for school mornings, ensuring the mood remains light and happy. Put together a playlist of their favorite tunes to add a dash of cheer to the morning routine.

Tip 8: Time for Teamwork

Get the whole family involved! Divide tasks among family members to make the morning routine a team effort. It's not just about getting things done, but about bonding too.

Tip 9: Use Scented Ribbons to Avoid That After-School-Sports Smell

One thing you probably didn’t miss over the Summer was the smell of your child’s bag when they came back from after school sports activities. Your little soccer star probably doesn’t realize that the shorts they were running in don’t smell the greatest. Our hack? Put a scented ribbon in their bag to help combat those sweaty smells.

Tip 10: Celebrate Small Wins

Celebrate small wins—like getting ready on time—with high-fives, stickers or a little dance party. 

Tip 11: Stay Calm and Carry On

We know, mornings can be hectic, but your zen-like approach can work wonders. Keep your cool, breathe, and model a calm demeanor for your kids.

Tip 12: Plan for Unexpected Delays

Just like any regular day, be ready for unexpected delays. Plan a buffer time in the routine to tackle last-minute hiccups without stress.

And there you have it, creative parents! Your bag of back-to-school tricks is ready to roll. With a sprinkle of that summer-esque relaxation and a dash of your own ingenuity, those morning routines will be smooth sailing. Remember, it's all about infusing a touch of relaxing magic into every corner of your life. So go on, embrace those AM moments, and watch your kids conquer the world one school day at a time. You've got this! 🌞


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