Are you ready to jump back into your kid’s morning routine for school?
I don’t blame you if you’re not. I am not a morning person and since I don’t drink coffee I have to push extra hard through the tired.
Taking steps to make my morning routine easier benefits not only me, but the whole family.
It’s always nice when I have mornings where I actually have time to run a brush through my hair instead of throwing it into a messy bun that I hope looks semi-okay.
Here are some tips that get me to those easy mornings. I hope they can help make your morning routines easier too!
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10 Tips to Make Your Morning School Routine Easier
1. Prep Everything
Last year I slacked off on the morning prep. It was harder with a baby in the house to get it all done the night before and I would always pay for it the next morning.
When I do prep my morning routine is so much easier and it’s my goal this year to get my nightly prepping down.
Spending even 10 minutes a night on prep can improve your morning routine greatly.
Here are some ways you can prep for your morning routine.
- Pack lunches the night before. Have easy to pack lunches ready for the days you miss out on prepping. I love Uncrustables, Cheese Sticks, and GoGurts for these days. Just throw it in the lunchbox and you’re ready to go.
- Prep outfits for the week. If you have a younger child you can pick out the outfits and fold them next to their bed or in a designated area each night. If your child is older and likes to pick out their own clothes have them do this as a part of their bedtime routine.
- Have your child’s homework and school papers ready to go for the next morning. I can’t tell you how many times we ran 5 minutes late to school because I had to fill out a field trip form I had put off the night before.
- Don’t forget to have your freezer packs or freezable lunch bags in the freezer for the next morning.
2. Organize Things You Will Need In The Morning
Have a place for backpacks, shoes, and jackets. We have baskets for shoes by our doorway and a stick on hook in my son’s room for his jacket and backpack.
Don’t forget your keys and purse. I’m guilty of losing my keys a lot. Putting them in the same place close to the front door helps. It saves so much time when you aren’t searching for these things!
3. Go to Bed Early!
We have an early bedtime at our house. It’s partly so our kids can get all the sleep they need, but also so my husband and I can have some time to catch up on our favorite shows before we go to sleep.
Our kids are in bed by 7:30 most every night and I try to be asleep by 9:30 or 10:00pm on a school night. This makes it easy to wake up in the morning refreshed from a good night’s sleep!
Download your FREE Back to School Morning Prep Checklist Printable!4. Make Your Alarm Fail Proof
Have you ever been late anywhere because your alarm just didn’t go off?
That has definitely happened to me on more than one occasion. Now we set 2 alarms in our room so we know at least one of them has to go off. I even set my alarm for 2 different times just in case I accidentally turn it off when I meant to hit the snooze.
Get your kids an alarm too, so they can get up. Our son sleeps like the dead, but anything that helps wake him up helps us move more quickly in the morning.
5. Have a Happy Attitude
It’s easy to roll out of bed as a grumpy momma. But, try to rise above the sleepiness and have a happy attitude.
If there is one thing I’ve learned about being a mom, it’s that your mood rubs off on your kids. If you are happy getting ready than they are more likely to get ready in a cheerful mood too.
6. Get Ready After Breakfast
Have your kids get dressed and ready after breakfast. We’ve had to start this process all over again due to spilled milk at breakfast. Getting ready after breakfast prevents accidents like this!
7. Offer a Simple Reward
Do your kids drag their feet when getting ready in the morning?
A simple reward might help. I offer a simple reward to speed things up!
If we are all ready and dressed in the morning, with time to spare, we get some cartoon time before we leave for school.
8. Make It Fun!
My son gets in the car so fast whenever I tell him it’s a race between him and his sister. If he can buckle his seatbelt before I get her in her carseat he won. This gets us in the car and off to school fast!
9. Be Consistent
Consistency is a big one in everything we do. If we are consistent in our morning routine it goes more quickly and easily.
The kids know what to expect when we wake up in the morning and are ready to do what we need to do without too many complaints.
10. Get Your Errands Done After Drop Off
You are already dressed and in the car, if you are like me with baby in tow. So, why not get your errands done now.
I make my grocery shopping apart of my morning routine. It saves me time and gas because we are already in the car and ready. This also helps wear the baby out so she can go down for an easy nap when we get home.
How do you get your kids out the door each morning? What makes your morning routine easier? I would love to hear from you in the comments below!
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Having everything laid out and ready to go for morning always helpps making the wake up routine a lot easier.
Honestly? A huge cup of coffee!! ;)
Those rare days, even fantasy days, when I feel like I got nearly enough sleep, and my worries get back to work on me a little late.
Hi James! I think we could all use a little more sleep. ;) Thanks for stopping by.
Make sure everything is prepared & ready for the next day the night before!
Backpacks are packed up and ready to go before the kids go to bed. Clothes and shoes are all laid out too. This mama isn’t the best at getting up in the morning so just in case I wake everyone up late it’s less to worry about in the mornings!
Hi Leah! So true, I am NOT a morning person either. If I could I would just press the snooze all morning. Once I’m up though it’s easier especially if the clothes are all ready.
Get enough sleep and set alarm 20 min.earlier.
Hi Tiffany! Getting enough sleep is key. But, sometimes that’s hard as a mom of a teething toddler. ;)
A coffee maker, showering the night before sometimes, and putting out my outfit.
I lay out clothes the night before and lay out backpacks at the door, making our mornings easier
My mornings are easier with coffee and when backpacks are by the door the night before.
The morning routine goes much smoother if we have the kids clothes laid out and their lunches packed
getting clothes out the night before makes my family’s morning routine easier
What makes my mornings easier is to do as much as I can the night before. This means getting my clothes and lunch ready.
Lay the clothes out the night before so they can get ready quickly.
Getting as much done the night before helps my morning get started better and of course COFFEE! Love all of your tips especially the one about a backup alarm clock! You are an awesome Mom! :)
I have cataplexy, so my meds make my mornings easier. Without them, I fall repeatedly.
We had everything laid out the night before; backpacks, clothes & even shoes.
I have our clothes laid out and lunches are packed.
We try to plan ahead to make life easier.
Getting up at a decent time in the morning and preparing the night before makes my routine go easier.
I’m not married and have no kids so I can get up when ever I want to lol However, if I do have a morning appointment, it helps if I set things up the night before. It also helps to have two alarms set in case the electricity goes out overnight. (The second alarm is battery operated) :)
We lay out clothing and shoes, gather book bags and jackets and set the table for breakfast the night before.
Choosing clothes the night before helps!
My grandson needs to know the plan for the next day the night before, even when each day is similar.
getting ready the night before
Coffee makes my morning routine easier! I set the timer on the coffee pot so it’s ready before I am.
I like to prepare as much as possible the night before (laying out clothes, packing lunch, etc.) so I have less to keep track of in the morning.
I get up an hour earlier before the children and get myself ready, breakfast prepared and lunch and backpacks ready to go so I just concentrate on getting the children out the door on time.
Getting everything I can ready the night before like clothes, lunches, and school bags makes the morning a lot easier.
I put together the night before the items I will need the next day.
I get as much ready the night before as possible – pack lunches, lay out clothing, etc.
Getting up when the alarm goes off the first time makes it easier
Waking up about 10 minutes earlier than planned works for me. It allows me to fully wake up.
Getting done what I can the night before and waking up early enough to do my thing!
Hi Cheryl! Isn’t it great to wake up early enough to take your time getting ready? It’s always so much harder for me when I hit the snooze button. ;)
Setting out clothes the night before makes my morning routine easier.
Packing as much as I can for lunches the night before makes my mornings easier. Thanks
I like to set out my clothes the night before.
I entered your giveaway. Thanks for hosting it. Hope I win :) Great ideas here for making school routine easier.
Thanks Charlene!! Good luck in the giveaway! :)
Packing that day’s lunches the night before makes my morning routine easier
Hi Ann! It does make things so much easier, so you can just grab and go in the morning. Thanks for stopping by. :)
Great tips! Not looking forward to this school routine starting next year. :(
Hey Rachel! I wasn’t looking forward to it either. I like having my kids at home and having some extra time to sleep in.
I like to set out my clothes the night before.
My morning routine is easier if I get everything ready the night before!
I get everything ready for morning the night before. I also make sure I get up at least an hour before anyone else in the home so I have a little time to myself to focus on what needs to be done and to enjoy some coffee and solitude.
Hi Sheila! Sometimes having a little morning solitude is amazing. My toddler wakes me up at 4am most mornings, so we get that solitude together. ;)
I work afternoons and I know I’m lucky that I can do that. I have several hours to ease myself in to the day before I have to go to work. I hate morning rushes!
Hi Tracy! It is nice to have a later schedule. When I was pregnant with my last baby I worked as a librarian and my shift started at 11am most days. It was great to sleep in. :)
What makes my morning routine easier is having breakfast meats already cooked ahead of time, and frozen berries stocked for a quick pick-me-up smoothie
Hi Hannah! You’ve got the idea. I wish I had breakfast meats and smoothies prepped for the next morning. Most days we all settle for a bowl of cereal or some toast. ;)
Leaving earlier to beat traffic.
Having breakfast ready to go.
Making sure I have my morning coffee.
I find it’s easiest if I make meals the night before and get backpacks packed and placed by the door.
Hi Jennifer! That does make it a ton easier. I have slacked on this before only to have papers to fill out for my son the next morning. It’s so nice to have that all taken care of. :)
Having an order and a rhythm to the way I do things in the morning makes the morning go much more smoothly than does utter chaos!
I prep as much as I can the night before.
Having lunch all set makes the morning easier.
Getting things ready the night before
We lay out our clothes, pack the backpacks and prep the lunches each night.
Mary Beth Elderton
“Routine” is the key word–I have the coffee pot set the night before. All the elements for breakfasts and lunches are in a sort of order for easy grabbing from fridge or pantry. Almost everything is done in order with a built-in 5 mins extra.
Yes! Routine is key when it comes to mornings and with kids in general. We thrive when we stick to our daily routines. Thanks for stopping by Mary!
Wow, thanks so much for this! We always make breakfast first thing so that we can get out the door with something nutritious in our tummy :)
Getting up 15 minutes earlier is a mega help to our mornings.
Getting everything I can ready the night before makes my routine easier.
Getting things prepared the night before always makes for easier morning routines.
I like to get as much ready the night before. Get the kids to get their clothes ready. Shoes and jackets by the door. Backpack packed up and all homework and papers signed.
What makes my morning routine easier is the snooze button.
Getting up 5 minutes early :)
I agree Edye! The earlier I get up the better. Getting out of bed in the morning is so hard sometimes though. ;)
Um, not really sure…. I guess that I typically have my clothes ready the day before, if I need to take lunch to class with me, I have what I can get ready early already done… and maybe if I can take a nap before having to go out is good too. LOL
Hi Lois! I LOVE taking naps. Right now my schedule is regulated by my toddler though and sometimes I can get away with taking a nap when she does. ;) Thanks for stopping by!
Preparing the night before makes my mornings easier.
Hi Shelly! It really does. I just have to remind myself to do it every night. ;)
I pack my lunch before work and lay out my work clothes.
Hi Natalie. I try to do that every night for my husband and kids too. It makes it so much easier for everyone in the morning. :)
I find that packing lunches the night before make mornings much easier in my house.
I agree Rachel! Packing lunch the night before saves so much time. It even gives me a few more minutes to sleep in. :)
Getting things ready the night before makes it easier.
I get prepared the night before
Having all the outfits, backpacks and breakfasts and lunches ready the night before. It makes the morning routine easier!
Getting everything layed out the night before and my husband having coffee made when I get up lol
Planning ahead the night before makes it easier….knowing I have something in the house for breakfast, clean clothes for the next day, etc.
I always try a prepare the night before from packing lunches to picking out outfits and having all the bags ready
I try to get prepared the night before.
Laying out clothing the night before makes our morning routine much easier!