Back to school (excitement!!!), but it also means being more scheduled (we HAVE to be somewhere by x:xx). If it was just me, this is a relatively easy task, but with kiddos, its just more complex.
I am a routine person, but now I have to train others to be a routine person.
There are TONS or resources online for this, with suggestions and ideas of what to do. I was surprised to see I WAS doing most of them already (prep the night before--pick out clothing & make lunch, practice before school starts, etc.).
THEN WHY DOES IT STILL FEEL LIKE A STRUGGLE TO GET OUT OF THE DOOR ON TIME? Argh.
So I decided to step back and see what I could change in our house to make this routine even more streamlined.
New stuff I discovered I could add:
1) Make a checklist/chart so kiddos can see what they need to get done every morning. Ours is in the kitchen (I got from Etsy--Chalkboard Wall Stickers --I LOVE this site! )
2) Make getting to play a learning game on the ipad once DONE with breakfast, not DURING breakfast (its amazing how much more gets eaten). Breakfast area is right next to charging station.
3) TIDY up--put everything away the night before--this also makes the weekends have less hectic--less piles of stuff to address. Toys put away, papers filed (tried to automate most of them), and laundry folded/put away. (if you don't have built in storage, actively work on making some).
4) pre-load car as much as possible the night before.
5) make coffee at work rather than bring from home (then I can't spill on myself enroute!)
What I have continued to do:
1) have kiddos pick out clothing the night before
2) make lunches the night before (for both myself & kids)
3) have dishes laid out for everyone's breakfast
3) set a 'warning' alarm that we need to leave in 10 minutes
There still will be meltdowns (Mama, I just can't wear my car socks with that dress!), but at least the meltdowns happen when everything else seems to be calm rather than already being way behind.
Good luck on having a great year :)
Hi, I am Summer, real estate agent in NE Iowa.