It’s been a little over a week since the kids went back to school and I feel as if I have been caught in a wind tunnel ever since. The routine in our house has changed, we are letting the kids sleep later and we are getting up earlier. All in an effort to leave less time for them to argue, dawdle and not find their sneakers for twenty minutes. Now their sneakers are waiting for them on the step, their lunches are packed and in their bags before they even get up and outfits are ready to put on the moment they get out of bed. Toothpaste is waiting on their toothbrushes and hair is brushed while they do their teeth (It’s all about survival!)
I can’t be the only mom that has mornings where everyone is screaming and nothing gets done. Buses are missed, dogs get out and never ever do I make it to work the time I hoped to get there. This year I am trying so hard to do as much as I can to keep the family organized and have everything run as smoothly as possible!! I thought I would share some of the things we are doing now that seem to be working (KIND OF!)
Tips to Get the Kids Off to School Without Too Much Fighting
- Make Lunches before they wake up
- Pick out their clothes when they aren’t around to complain
- Don’t try to dress them up, just dress them comfortably in things they like
- Dress children while they are still half asleep in their beds
- Leave paper and crayons next to their breakfast to help avoid food fights
- Give them tasks of making photos for your desk at work so they don’t say they don’t know what to draw
- Put toothpaste on the toothbrush to save 35 minutes of I can’t find the toothpaste
- Do not let multiple children in the same bathroom at the same time to avoid them spitting toothpaste on each other. Then you would have to pick out clothes while they are awake, angry and have opinions
- Walk child from brushing their teeth directly to the shoe spot
- Leave shoes in the same spot every morning
- Loosen laces in advance to avoid children just sitting there for 10 minutes waiting for you to to loosen the laces.
- Once shoes are tied put their backpacks on them. Don’t ask them to do it themselves because it will take 10 minutes and still won’t be done
- Walk child directly to the door and open it and send them out before they think of reasons to go back inside.