4 Tips for a Smooth School Morning
A scary vision of me flying through the front door of school with teeth not brushed, one shoe on and dragging half- dressed children behind me is about the only thing that gets me to move well after the alarm clocks first warning. I don’t know about you, but I am not an early bird. This means most mornings wrangling three kids as early as 6:15 am can be at times tense…to say the least. I have a fighting chance at a less hectic school morning if I do the following:
Keep lotion and a brush in the console or glove compartment.
Truth be told: Many a time I have turned around to look at the backseat and see ashy faces and knees staring back at me or a head that has not been brushed and this has saved me.
Log important school reminders in my phone.
Truth be Told: Many of us check our phone as often as 150 times a day, so the phone is a perfect place for busy parents to set reminders. As soon I get an email or automated voice message from the school about picture day, a day for a special lunch, shirt color, field trip, assignment due date, snack fee or whatever, I put it on the calendar alert section of my phone the day before and the early morning of. Earlier this week I walked past my phone at 6:55 am and screamed for my daughter to wear her ‘orchestra’ shirt for picture day. Life saver!
Use Avery removable Dry Erase Stickers for school and household reminders.
Truth be Told: I have thought about investing in a dry erase board. But where would I put it? It’s not exactly a great piece of wall art and furthermore I don’t have the wall space. So I’ve found these wonderful dry erase stickers. With a little tape I can hang a temporary post/message anywhere and fill in as needed. Mostly I use them in the bathroom so that I can remember whose turn it is to go first in the bathtub.
Doing what I can the night before
I am often tired at the end of the day. Fixing lunches may get pushed to the “I’ll do it in the morning” list. I have found little things I can do at night that do not require much on my part.
- Placing book bags, shoes and jackets by the door
- Sign any necessary forms
- Laying clothes, shoes, socks, underwear etc. all out the night before
Truth be Told: Nothing drives me crazier than looking for items missing in action when departure time for school is tick, tick, ticking away.