It is my first year to have all my children in school, so it has been a real adjustment. My twins attend the same school, but their older brother goes to a different elementary. Luckily, they all ride the same bus. Less lucky is that they are the first ones on at 6:38 AM and do not get to school in time to eat breakfast there. Did I mention that they get on the bus at the daycare where they stay after school? We have absolutely no wiggle-room in our morning! Here are some of my (hard learned!) tips on How to make a better school morning:
1.Sort papers and sign everything at night. Get backpacks ready to go and as much of lunch as possible the day before.
2.Set alarms for your children. We pick out clothes the night before and have a rule that they cannot come downstairs until they are dressed for the day. That rule is enforced on weekends and even during the summer, so there aren’t any other expectations on school days.
3.Make a breakfast schedule. My husband eats cereal seven days a week. I hate cereal. My kids are S-L-O-W when it comes to eating cereal. I manage it three days a week, but I let them make out a schedule with me so they know what to expect. Right now, it looks like this:
- Monday–Sausage Biscuit, fruit and milk
- Tuesday–Cereal and a Pumpkin Muffin (easiest recipe ever! from Pinterest here)
- Wednesday–Blueberry Multigrain Eggo, fruit and milk
- Thursday–Cereal and Pumpkin Muffin
- Friday–Toast with homemade Blueberry Jelly or Oatmeal/Cereal for my non-toast eater
I’m not thrilled with the two prepackaged meals, but at least they are paired with fruit and milk. We eat the waffles without syrup and they are multigrain, so that isn’t so bad, right? I just haven’t had the time to make some homemade pigs in a blanket or Eggs in Muffin cups this year, but it’s on my list of things to do as soon as I can find the time.
The point of all these tips is to avoid making decisions in the morning. There is actually scientific research that “decision fatigue” exists. The more small decisions that you have to make, the less likely that you will be able to make good ones later in the day. I heard on NPR that President Obama only has gray suits so that he doesn’t have to make wardrobe decisions! If your kids are not exactly “morning people”, that is all the more reason to avoid any kind of choices. While these aren’t fool-proof, we are four weeks into the school year, haven’t missed the bus yet and haven’t brought home any bad marks! Good luck, and I hope that some of this works for you!