Seven Steps for Stress-Free School Mornings

One of the most difficult things about transitioning from summertime to autumn is getting used to a back-to-school routine. While every family is different, these steps work in most households to help create stress-free mornings which can lead to better days for everyone in your family.

  • Start Your Morning Routine at Night – One of the easiest ways to reduce your morning stress is by taking on some of the work the night before. This may mean setting out clothes, packing part of lunch, taking showers and completing other tasks ahead of time. By doing this, you’ll open up your mornings to take care of things that can only be done then, like eating breakfast, brushing teeth and combing hair.
  • Get Plenty of Sleep – Make sure everyone goes to bed at a decent hour. This will make it easier to get up and moving the next morning and it will make for a better day of school, work and/or fun!
  • Combat Clutter – A clutter free home will make it easier for you to take on your morning chores and get everyone out the door with the items they need. Regularly work with your children to clean out their backpacks and get rid of the extra paperwork and other items that might be hiding inside.
  • Shop Smart – Choosing healthy and simple breakfast foods (think fresh fruit and instant oatmeal) can make breakfast simple. The same can be done for lunches. Choose things that are easy to pack, but that have a healthy aspect for the best results.
  • Pick Your Battles – Will it really matter if your child’s socks don’t match or if they bring 2 apples and no sandwich for lunch? Try to reduce the arguing and disagreements to take away the stress for everyone involved.
  • Have Fun – Play some music while everyone gets ready, cook green eggs and ham for breakfast one morning or have races to see who can get their shoes on the fastest. If you can make the morning routine fun, it will certainly be less stressful and it will be a great start for your day.
  • Make Time for You – Wake up a little bit early so you have time to enjoy a cup of coffee or relax and catch up with the happenings on Facebook. If you take time to take care of yourself you’ll be able to take better care of your family and give them a great start to the day.

Once you have put together a routine, you will find that everything goes smoother. Who knows, once you get this down, you may get motivated to cook a batch of pancakes instead of toaster pastries for breakfast—or perhaps you will just enjoy spending a few moments with a nice cup of coffee and the morning news.

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