3 Tips for Easier School Mornings

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I have four children, currently in four different schools and grades. Efficient mornings are my jam, more like my must. Here are the tips that make getting ready for school more manageable.

 

1. Early to Bed, Early to Rise

I know for some families, the summer bedtimes are later than the school bedtimes. But for us, I keep the same bedtime, all around the year, with the occasional exception. I’m a firm believer that everything starts with a good night’s sleep. For this reason, my kids are in bed by 8 pm each night.

 

We have a routine during the day that allows us to be done with dinner and in time for bed early. I’m militant about it because I know that late nights = cranky mornings.  Since they are going to bed early (by the way for your family, you may find that an even EARLIER bedtime may work better), I can have them up early enough to give us ample time to get up, have breakfast, get dressed and out the door in time for school.





I also think it’s essential for me, as the parent, to be well-rested. The importance of sleep has been studied over and over, and personally, I know I’m a better parent when I make sleep a priority for myself as well. I’m usually in bed by 9pm most nights and welcome the day pleasant and rested before my kids wake up. (Read related article Here's How to Set Up a Family Routine)

 

Kid lunch


2. Prepare Lunches and Snacks Ahead of Time

One of the most time-saving things I do is to prepare the snacks and lunches the night before. Some children are provided snacks and lunches at school, but if yours is not, or you have enough food allergies that you can't partake in school snacks and lunches, then your child has to bring their own.

 

I love using LunchBots containers for snacks and lunches for my kids. When the kids were younger, I used the Quad and Trio containers, but lately, I've found the Cinco container to be better. It holds more, and I can pack all of the day's snacks in it.

 

For the sake of ease, I usually make the same snacks all week long and then change it up the next week. Some ideas include (for some of these, I quarter or slice these to fit into the container):

  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Apples
  • Peaches
  • Corn
  • Peas
  • Broccoli
  • Plantain chips
  • Sugar Snap Peas
  • Fig bars
  • Nut bars (excluding any nuts your school doesn’t allow)
  • Popcorn
  • Crackers

For the actual lunch, I usually do pasta, a sandwich (variety is key here), or a wrap (again mixing it up each week or having a rotation). I like to pack in the Uno LunchBots. At times, I will make a hot lunch (leftover dinner from the night befor,e), and for this, I heat it the morning of school and pack it in an insulated container.



Doing the majority of food prep for snacks and lunches the day before will make mornings so much easier for you and your little ones.

 

For older children, use this time to teach responsibility by having them prepare their snacks and lunches the day before.



3. Getting Ready in the Morning

I have the kids get their clothing out for school the night before. They (including my preschooler) get their complete outfit out and lay it on a chair in their room.

 

Preparing the night before has saved so much hassle the morning of school. No more of “I can’t find sooooooooocks!” as you are trying to get the kids out the door.

 

I'm all about preparing in advance the night before and making getting ready in the morning as simple as possible. So, rise and shine!

 

With kindness,
Giselle Baumet

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Nikhil Joshi says...

Great Article! Love that all the snack and lunch ideas are healthy!
Sensei Nikhil Joshi
KarateOC.com

Posted on September 06, 2017


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