With planning, practice, and patience, you can nail down a school morning routine that prepares everyone in the family to take on the day. Whether you are getting your littles off to elementary or teens to highschool, a good morning routine helps the entire family start off feeling good!
Sometimes it feels like as soon as your feet hit the floor in the morning, the craziness begins. Getting the entire family ready for school and getting to where you need to be on time can be quite a challenge. Keep reading for our best tips to create a school morning routine that encourages both positivity and productivity in the early morning.
I think this might be the number one thing to a successful school morning. The more you can get done the night before, the better your morning will be.
When my kids are well rested, everything seems to go better. But especially our mornings. They wake up refreshed and happy instead of tired, groggy and grumpy with a capital G!
These are some great tips to establish healthy sleeping habits:
Every child has different capabilities, needs and routines in the morning. I have found that having a chart for kids to follow really helps them be more responsible to get their stuff done (even older kids!) The bonus for me is that I don’t feel like I have to nag them all morning! There are a lot of different ways to do a morning chart and these are some great ones for different ages.
I love this chart with pictures and simple stickers that kids easily stick on to show it has been completed. You can laminate it and reuse every week. (Click here to get it)
This is a SUPER cute and visually appealing way to have a basic routine chart for your younger kids. You can move the blocks around as they finish. And you can completely customize it or use the template she provides in the post. (Click here for instructions)
Sometimes you just need something non-complicated to get it done in the morning. This is a simple and really cute checklist for younger elementary age kids. (Click here to get it)
I like this one because there is space to add additional items if you need to. (Click here to get it)
I like this customizable chart for older kids because then they can feel like they are a part of choosing their morning routine. Also you can change their tasks if needed throughout the year.
Even high school age kids need a little direction and organization in the mornings. Sometimes just a simple checklist is all they need. (Click here to get)
We have a paper calendar that hangs in our house so that everyone in the family knows what activities are going on that week. Once a week we sit down as a family and talk about the schedule so we are on the same page. Each kid has a different color on the calendar which makes it easy for them to spot their own activities every morning before leaving the house so they know what to expect after school. These are some good ones on Amazon:
Wall Calendar for smaller spaces
Sometimes it’s hard to wake up and get going in the morning. By adding in a few fun things, it can make the morning rush a lot more enjoyable! You can set the tone for the rest of the day by making sure everyone gets up to a positive atmosphere.
Tips for a positive morning routine:
A command center is a central place where you can organize and store important things your family uses often and also a place to keep important information that everyone in the family needs to know.
Command Center Ideas
I like the magnet board and all of the hanging places to store things. Check it out here.
I like how this command center uses a cabinet to keep everything organized and hidden away when needed. Check it out here.
I like that this one is all on one board keeping everything together in one spot. Check it out here.
Drawer in your Kitchen for Commonly Used Items
I have a drawer with items that we always need in the morning but don’t want to run back upstairs to get. I keep it organized with my favorite Sterilite Container. I got the idea from Tara Thueson a few years back and it has worked so good for my kids!
Rewards are great and effective. I prefer to have the reward be about an activity, a privilege, or an experience together (rather than buying my kids something). The reward can be as simple: if there is extra time in the morning, then your kids can read their favorite book, or play with toys before they have to go.
Or maybe the reward is a little bigger if you rock it all week and get out of the house on time (and with a good attitude!). The reward could be going to the park for a while and then staying up late on Friday night for a movie. Playground time, staying up late and extra screen time?! Yes please!
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. Sometimes kids have anxiety or fears of something they have to face that day. By repeating these positive affirmations everyday, they can feel more happy, and more empowered to face whatever they need to that day. Some examples are:
If you are able to connect with your kids right away, they are much more likely to listen and follow directions in the morning. This doesn’t have to take long and it can look like:
I’m a registered dietitian, mom of 4, avid lover of food and strong promoter of healthy habits. Here you will find lots of delicious recipes full of fruits and veggies, tips for getting your kids to eat better and become intuitive eaters and lots of resources for feeding your family.
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