As the kids are now back at school and they are wanting to get out of bed less and less, we know that they mornings can be tough. As any parent knows, getting your kids dressed, fed, organised for a day of school and out of the door on time can be a huge challenge. That’s why we’ve put together our top tips to help you speed up the school run every morning. (We can’t make a guarentees or promises that this will make a change but they have helped some of our team).
Set out breakfast
This might not be the first thing you think of to get everyone out of the door on time, but setting out the breakfast table the night before saves so much time. There’s no arguing about who is sitting where, you can make sure the TV is off to avoid distractions and you don’t need to get anything out of the cupboards. Plus making sure you child has some breakfast on a morning is a great way to get them focused for lessons.
Spend 5 minutes before you go to bed to set out breakfast cereals, put bowls and spoons ready on the side and even put the tea bag in your favourite mug to get your morning brew as quickly as possible!
Make sure homework is done the night before
One of the biggest reasons kids don’t get out of the house on time on a morning is because they are still doing their homework. Make sure you kids have a place they can use on an evening to get their homework done before they go to bed.
Depending on their age, the amount of homework they receive will vary each day, but make sure you give them plenty of time to get it done the night before it is due in. Plus if everything they need is put back in their bags the night before they can be sure they have everything they need.
Get a good night’s sleep
The key to waking up ready for the day is getting a great night’s sleep. Invest in a bed and mattress that supports your body or your child’s body properly to avoid a disturbed sleep. It is also important to wind down for a short while before you turn the light out otherwise you won’t be able to drift off straight away if your mind is on other things so encourage them to read a section of a book, have some quiet time listening to you reading or even colouring in is great way to wind down. It really does help to speed up the school run every morning.
No technology until they are ready
No technology on a morning might sound harsh to your kids but iPads and TV’s are often the main reason why kids get distracted from their morning tasks. You can always reward them with their Ipad once everything they need to do on a morning is complete. If that’s not a new target for them then I don’t know what is.
If you become consistent with your morning routine, your kids will just find it the new norm. With everything that has changed over the past 6 months, your kids will probably embrace the new routine after not being in school for such a long period of time.
Kids are really adaptable to change so be confident and keep up to your morning routine. You’ll know what works best for your family to get them up and ready for school every morning.