5 Tips for Making Mornings Easier

Per my back to school refresher series (be sure to check out these 4 books for back to school), today I wanted to share an archive post on morning routines. After a summer full of later camp drop-offs and weeks off altogether, it can definitely be challenging to get the train rolling for school. Here are 5 of my favorite tips for making mornings easier (feel free to share other great tips in the comments!):

1. Wake up 10 minutes earlier. Without fail, whenever we give ourselves 10 extra minutes of breathing room, mornings feel more calm.

2. Prep two days of lunches at a time. We find that lunch making is less painful in the mornings when some of the pieces are already in place a couple of days a week. On Mondays and Wednesdays I pack Laurel and Vi's fruit and vegetable containers and set aside snack options (e.g., yogurt, granola bars) for two days. I'll make the main course (e.g., sandwich, mac and cheese, etc.) fresh the morning of school depending on what the kids are in the mood for.

3. Tame the tresses. If your kids have long, tangle-prone hair, dealing with a super snarly head in the morning is time consuming and does not help morning grouchiness. Comb out hair well the night before (braiding helps too) to minimize morning tangles.

4. Lay out clothes the night before. This is an easy task that you can have your kids take care of. They'll love the autonomy and it will help avoid clothing battles in the morning. I also recommend being OK with whatever your kid picks (i.e., not worrying about things matching) so long as the clothing is weather appropriate. Why pick a fight when it's really not necessary?

5. Remain calm. I feel as if I give this advice a lot when it comes to parenting but it never fails me! I find that if I get sucked into the drama and get cranky in response to behavior, the bad mojo escalates, whereas when I can remain calm and redirect, we can diffuse the situation quickly.

Image credit: rgbstock.com