My kids are back at school after a very restful Easter Break. So we are back to our school morning routine – alarm clocks, lunches and getting out the door on time. Recently I asked the community “What are your best tips for getting the kids organised in the morning?” Here are some of my favourite responses, which I think will help create an effortless and calm start to the day for both you and the kids and will make the school mornings easier.
I buy the $1 mason jars from Kmart. I make a big smoothie for all of us and we drink in the car on the way to school. The kids aren’t allowed out of the car until it’s finished. Win win? – Melanie
The best thing I do in the morning, is go for a walk before my daughters get up. It clears my head and sets me up for a great day! – Liv
The kids getting dressed can be disorganised chaos. I put hang-up wardrobe storage shelves with 5 compartments and put 1 whole set of uniform in each. Shirt, Shorts, undies, socks. When I say “go get dressed” they’re not faffing about wondering where their clothes are! When I haven’t refilled it, it can cost us 15 precious minutes in the mornings looking for uniform and kids all scatty. – Amy
Definitely, have clothes laid out ready and lunchboxes packed the night before. It makes mornings soooo much easier. – Alison
I find that organising the lunches ( with the childrens help) the night before is so helpful in getting ready in the morning:) – ClaireMy biggest tip is to have lunch made the night before and a checklist for kids to follow in the morning to get ready. – Katrina
WRITE UP A LUNCHBOX PLAN – Making a plan of what to put in the kids’ lunchboxes through the week not only helps to ensure that I have the fridge and pantry stocked with lunchbox food items but also helps the kids know what to pack in their lunchboxes. My lunchbox planner is available to download
Lunch Box Planner: My lunchbox planner is available to download here.
ONE WEEK OF HEALTHY LUNCHBOX IDEAS FOR KIDS – Struggling to create a variety of healthy lunchboxes each day? Here are my top tips for packing a balanced lunchbox for kids and one week of lunchbox ideas with a printable to help you plan a week of healthy lunchboxes for your kids. Find lunchbox ideas here.
My most successful initiative is the ‘helping hand’. A friend told me about it and it really works. At the start of the year, I laminate an A4 piece of paper with an outline of a hand on it. Then I draw with white board maker (so I can change it), one job on each finger I.e. 1. Make bed, 2. Eat breakfast, 3. Brush teeth 4. Get dressed, 5. Feed a pet. These jobs can change according to age/ability/needs of child. You can draw pictures instead of write if your little one’s can’t read. I stick the paper to their wardrobe so if they forget they can check it. Each morning they just do their helping hand while I tend to the baby and I don’t need to yell a thousand times while I get dressed and eat breakfast. I just day ‘Please do your helping hand’. They sound like obvious jobs but they have really helped my 5 and 7 year old kids know what’s expected in the morning and it has really reduced all the morning yelling directions I used to have to give. – Jane
Screaming, stress and shouting… no longer with my blackboard wall in the kitchen, floor to ceiling. On it, a T-chart with ‘To Do’ and ‘Done’. Blu-takked tasks (that we’ve written together) on personalised coloured paper makes for an easy visual. Move your tasks to ‘Done’ and we are a happy household! – Katherine
I have pictures on the fridge representing the things the kids need to do in the morning, along with magnets with ticks on them. They’re not allowed access to any sort of electronic device before those things are ticked off. It works really well for us because it’s so visual, and the kids have ownership of their pictures as they move the magnets to tick them off. Every time they ask for a device or the TV I just ask them to have a look at their list and see if there’s anything left to do. Working toward self-management! – Coralie