You tell yourself it won’t happen this time. You wake up on time, have your shower, coffee, and clothes on well before it’s time for your little ones to get up. Lunch is packed and homework is checked and in the book bag. Nothing can derail you today. But then the kids get up. All of a sudden your seemingly perfect plan is showing all of its flaws. Only half the homework is done, the sandwich you made is not right, socks are missing, their favorite shirt is in the wash – a whole host of things go wrong all at once. You scramble and fumble and execute what I like to call the school run dance. Does this sound familiar? It’s the same in many houses. But it doesn’t have to. Believe it or not, you can get out of the house on time without rushing. It just takes a little planning.
Lay Out Clothes
Depending upon their age, they’ll never let you do it – the idea of mom picking the most uncool outfit in their closet is enough to mortify any kid – but that’s a great threat if they decide to slough this one off. Planning their outfit the night before will save time in the morning.
Early To Rise
As tough as it will be, you have to get them out of bed at a decent hour. Don’t be their snooze button. The longer they procrastinate the harder it will be to get moving.
Have your kids leave their book bag on the floor near them when they are doing their homework. Once they finish they can put them in the bag and then put the bag near their coat for school the next morning. If the bag isn’t in that spot you know their homework isn’t done. This eliminates the mad dash to gather everything together in the morning.
Make Lunches at Night
Before the kids go to bed, discuss what they want for lunch then make it and store in the refrigerator. Now the only thing you’ll have to remember in the morning is to take it out and put it in their backpack.
While these steps will help you get out the door quicker, there’s no guarantee you won’t hear the dreaded, “Mom, where’s my –” you fill in the blank. But at least it won’t be about something you do every day.
Don’t give the kids reason to blame you!
Set the example. Make sure you’re ready! Little things like knowing where your house keys or glasses are make all the difference!