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Summer is not my favorite. We live in a city that gets brutally hot, my kids seem to be even busier and we have 9 am drop offs. I am not a fan.
Some people love the later drop offs, more relaxed mornings and less rushing. For me, it stresses me out. I try to get my kids to get ready right after breakfast, but all they want to do is play. Then, it’s really time to get ready and there’s so much push back! Plus, I am constantly forgetting something. This morning, I forgot Boomer’s sunscreen and got some on his face before we headed out the door. Many mornings, I forget vitamins. There’s just too much time for me to be productive.
During the school year, we have 30 minutes from when my kids wake up until we get out the door. Everyone knows what to do and we all get through each task. I don’t try to get other tasks done because I know there is no time. We all have our routine with the goal of getting out the door with a tidy kitchen.
Needless to say, I cannot wait for the morning routine of school mornings!
Just like adults, children feel more confident and secure when their daily activities are predictable and familiar. A consistent daily schedule and step-by-step routines give children a predictable day.
The same principles can be applied at home. When kids know what the schedule or routine is, they are able to follow it and everything runs smoothly. On one hand, it helps them feel secure and know what is coming next. I also like the confidence it provides kids.
At age 6, my eldest does his whole checklist on his home (with little reminders from me). However, my reminders are just “What’s Next on Your Checklist?” He is in charge of his whole morning.
Even my 18 month old daughter wants to do her afternoon routine as soon as we walk in the door and says (in 18 month old speak) “checklist.” She knows that we have a routine when we get home from school that we do every day. As she gets older, this will just be part of her routine.
When it comes to finding a routine that works for you, I want you to think about your current morning routine with your kids or if it works better, your routine from last school year. Even if you don’t think you had a routine, you did.
When did your kids wake up in the morning? What did they do? What was your breakfast routine (including how do you know what’s for breakfast)? What do your kids do? What do you do? What does your spouse do?
A lot of this is going to depend on your kids’ ages but take a moment to write down what the mornings were like.
Then, evaluate how you think they went. How did your kids act going out the door? How did you feel? Did you get to school on time?
This information will help when it comes to creating a new morning routine for school mornings going forward.
Now that you have looked at what happens now or what happened last year, what would you like to happen?
In our house, the boys get up and come down to an already made breakfast and eat. The eldest is already dressed for school. During this time, I get little sister and she joins her brothers in eating. After eating, they take their vitamins, brush teeth and pack their backpacks with already packed lunches and snacks. This is when the younger two get dressed (they can’t be trusted to eat and not spill on their school clothes). Then shoes on and out the door.
Breakfast is already decided and the two choices stay the same throughout the month. This makes it easy on me! Currently, I’m either making frozen waffles or oatmeal. Lunches are packed the night before and in the fridge.
A few things will be changed as the kids are getting older, but for the most part, it will stay the same.
As you think through what needs to be done, make sure you have enough time to get everything done. And considering your kids and their ages, what can they confidently do on their own now and what do you need to help build their confidence in doing?
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