Wow! Can you believe it? It’s back to school time already! Now whether your little ones have already started their new school year or it’s just a few days/weeks away, I know we all are trying to find ways to make that Back to School morning routine as easy as possible. Well, I’m here to help!
Here are 5 awesome & easy tips that have been lifesavers for my morning routine:
1. Make Breakfast DIY
I am a HUGE proponent of kid independence and leadership. In fact, my 8 year-old son and I are on a mission to inspire kids to take a leadership role in the kitchen on our site, Step Stool Chef. There are plenty of easy breakfast recipes kids can make on their own or you can let your kids cook up a few make-ahead breakfast items over the weekend and then just reheat in the morning.
2. Play Upbeat, Fun Music
The right music can pep up any morning routine. Try making a playlist of your favorite kid-friendly tunes to make slow mornings more exciting. You can even use the music to help track time and let it cue your kids where they should be in their routine by the each song (i.e. “Brush your teeth until this song goes off” or “By THIS song, you should be coming down for breakfast”).
Here are a few of our favorites from our morning soundtrack that help my kids look forward to a great day:
- “Happy” by Pharrell
- “Best Day of My Life” by American Authors
- “It’s Gonna Be Great” from the Winnie the Pooh Soundtrack
- “A Beautiful Morning” by The Rascals
3. Plan Out Clothes for the Entire Week
On Sunday while folding laundry, we set aside clothes for the entire week. This makes life so much easier because there is no arguing about what to wear or wasting time looking for socks. The kids already know what to put on for each day. We even have an “Express Yourself” day where the kids can pick out their own outfit for the day. You want to wear a tutu with rainboots… great! Plaid shorts and a striped shirt? Go for it! …but you have to wait for Express Yourself day.
4. Share Morning Affirmations
I’m a big believer in starting the day off with positive and motivating thinking. I find that positive affirmations are a great way to build self-esteem and start the day on the right track. For my 3-year old who always thinks she is too little or too small, she repeats:
“I’m strong. I’m capable. And I can do anything I put my mind to”.
For my 8-year old who can be a bit of a worrier, he repeats:
“Today is a day that God has made. I will do all things to honor Him. I will be a great student, a great friend and a great leader. I know that everything that happens today will be for a greater good”.
5. Leave a “Ooh I Forgot” Emergency Kit in the Car
No matter how much we plan, there are always those mornings where you find yourself running late. Or your kids “forgot” to do something no matter how many times you reminded them. Well, I keep a quick stash of items in the car for just those occasions. It has things in it such as a hairbrush, hair barrettes, lotion, mouthwash, cereal bar, baby wipes.
Hope this helps you like it’s helped me. I would love to know what morning routine tips do you use to make Back to School easier?
Toria and her 8-year-old son are co-founders of The Step Stool Chef, dedicated to celebrating and inspiring kid independence in the kitchen. Love the idea of cooking with your kids? Click here to download their FREE e-book, “Top 10 Tips to Make Cooking with Kids Easier”.