Here are some tips to help reduce stress for all.
1. Starting the night before by planning:
- a. Homework completion and in the backpack or at the exit door. Anything needing to leave with them.
- b. What will they wear to school? Lay it all out. Clothes, underwear, sox, shoes, etc. Beats Arguments in the morning rush.
- c. Have them bathe at night to eliminate the hassle in the morning, when they just need to brush their teeth after breakfast.
- d. Pack lunches or be sure the lunch money is in the backpack. Saves you having to take it to school after they leave home.
- e. Plan breakfast and set the table. The kids can do this. Cereal? Put out the bowls, cereal, spoons, napkins, fruit, etc. Only thing left in the morning is the milk. If they are old enough, have them take turns doing this.
2. In the morning:
- a. While they are eating, listen to anything they want to share. Problems, dreams, concerns, plans for after school activities, etc.
- b. Use a timer to indicate when it’s time for breakfast, or to leave the house.
- c. Decide who sits where in the car on the way to school. No arguments in the morning. They can take turns sitting in the front seat.
- d. Roll call once they are seat buckled in:
Back pack & lunch or money
Any school projects to take along, etc.
- e. Once they arrive at school, be sure they have all their stuff with them as they exit the car.
Now you can return home to enjoy your day…until pick up time. Of course Mommy carpools are another great idea.
If you are a mom working away from home, many of these tips can apply to you also.
Have a great day.
© Ann Gambrell October 2014