4 Tips for a Smooth School Morning

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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.

 

tips for smooth school morning

 

tips for smooth school morning

 

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.

 

tips for smooth school morning

 
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.

 

tips for smooth school morning

 
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

 

tips for smooth school morning

 

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.
 

What helps you to keep order and get the kids out the door on time in the morning for school?

 

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