So after a brilliant Christmas, back to school is looming! Gone are our lovely long pyjama days and stress free mornings and its back to the usual morning chaos! In a bid to make our mornings more manageable and to keep up with my 2019 resolution of being more organised, Im sharing my top 5 tips for a stress free school run!
Sunday Uniform and PE Kit Planning
With three children, school uniform and PE kits take quite a bit of sorting so Sunday afternoons for me are all about organising this for the week ahead. I put out 3 piles of enough underpants, socks, shirts, trousers etc for the week and give them to each of the boys so that they can easily get to their clean uniform each morning. They each have a shelf in their wardrobes just for this and it honestly makes life so much easier. I also put their clean PE kits into their own bags and hang it on the back of their door so that they can get to it easily although for some reason we still always seem to leave it behind at least once a week!
Pack school lunches the night before
This sounds quite simple, but after a long busy day at work, I never seem to have the energy but this really does add to the morning chaos. On more than one occasion, Ive had to come back home to collect the lunch I’d forgotten to make. Now, before I sit down for the evening, I make sure the lunches are made and in the fridge ready for morning.
Wake Up Routine
I am not a morning person and usually take any opportunity to snooze my alarm until the latest possible second which often means I am running around like a lunatic trying to get myself ready, never mind the boys! I recently invested in the Philips Wake Up Light Alarm Clock which switches on a soft light half an hour before your alarm goes off and it has helped massively with me waking up more spritely. I now religioulsy wake up half an hour before the boys get up to give myself time to get up and have a cup of tea before chaos ensues.
Rules and Rewards
As my ‘younger’ boys always wake up really early, they used to go downstairs and put the TV on for an hour before getting ready for school. However, I learnt the hard way that this is a recipe for disaster as it seems to make them more sleepy in the morning and its near impossible to drag them away from it to get them ready. We now have a total TV ban in the mornings and we use ‘time on the XBox’ as
bribery /rewards. The routine is now that the boys eat breakfast, get dressed, bags ready at the front door and if this is done without too much drama, they can earn addtional Xbox time for the weekend. This seems to be working better for us although we always have some sort of drama and trying to get them out of the shower is my next challenge!
A Family Calendar
This one is a must have for any busy family! We have a weekly calendar pinned up in the kitchen and we mark on there when homework is due, what days there are afterschool clubs, meetings etc and who is doing the school run as this varies for us. This not only helps me to be more oragnised but its a really easy way for the boys to check what they need for the day. Here is a link to the one we use..‘Mums Family Calendar’
None of the tips above are anything new, but just simple changes for us have helped massively in us getting out of the house with ‘sort of’ smiling children and a ‘sort of’ sane parent!