Now we are back at school some of us *ahem* struggle with the morning run. It seems chaotic and rushed so here are some ways that have helped me to have a smooth school morning run without the stress.
Preparation do in the evening.
So. where shall we start? well, I think the first important thing to incorporate into your school routine is preparing the night before to reduce the stress. This will help give you the confidence that everything is under control. Making sure that the school bags have been emptied of the millions of letters, getting the bag ready, having all the school uniform gathered and placed neatly for the morning. Therefore once it is morning all you have to worry about is getting your darlings motivated to get dressed.
If you have a child who takes a lunch to school preparing it the night before can help save some time in the morning. As parents, we need to do the minimal as it is important to make sure we have a HOT tea, crucial!
If you are struggling to get your child motivated one way to help in the short term is a reward chart. Plan out each section – get up, eat breakfast, get dressed, brush teeth etc and give star when that routine is done, once the child collects x amount of stickers they will be rewarded for their good behaviour. This can help ease your child into a productive routine and hopefully with time they know what to expect and it be a much calmer affair.
10 minutes early.
Being aware of what is happening.
A thing that I have in the past struggled with is forgetting to check if there is something important happening at the school. Making sure you have a diary to put the important information such as needing to bring in money or food for a special occasion. Therefore you can feel in control and know what is happening beforehand. Make sure that you read the newsletters or any letter from the school bag the night before.
I make sure that the cereal boxes are out, bowls and spoons the night before can really save some time in the morning. Doing the baths again the night before is another you can do to reduce the amount you have to prepare in the morning.
My eldest suffers quite with anxiety because of having autism. What can help settle him and reduce any conflict is talk to him the night before about anything that is bothering him and if you can try to come up with a solution.
Hope this helps and is there anything that helps you reduce the stress of the morning routine?
Cheers for reading X