Get Your Kids Out The Door With Ease

4 Tricks to a less stressful school day morning

School season has officially arrived, and with it comes the inevitable get-the-kids-off-to-school morning craziness. Why does it have to be so stressful?

It doesn’t—in fact, with a few simple tricks, you can set you and your kids up for a less harried, more peaceful morning.

If your mornings are chaotic, follow these get-organized tips to ensure out-the-door ease.

• Prepare the night before. Make mornings flow smoothly by getting everything ready each evening. Have school bags packed and placed by the door and tomorrow’s outfits laid out. Pack the non-perishable parts of the lunches, so you can simply pop in a sandwich in the morning. Set the breakfast table.

• Create morning routine checklists. Compile a list of daily to-do’s for your kids to complete (make bed, comb hair, brush teeth, etc.), and post it on the fridge or bathroom mirror. Likewise, create an “out-the-door” list of items they need to take to school, and post it on or near the exit door. You might include things like homework, lunch, snacks, library books, instruments, and gym shoes.

• Organize your kids’ arrival. Declare a proper destination for backpacks and school gear in the entryway, install hooks at a kid-friendly height, and have your children put bags there as they arrive home.

• Implement an after school organizing ritual. Teach your kids to empty out their backpacks as soon as they walk in the door. Immediately bring homework to their designated study spot, place papers that need parental review in a designated basket or tray, and put lunch containers in the kitchen. Encourage them to place coats, shoes, and hats in a designated spot to avoid frantic morning searches.

So now I want to know:

What are your best out-the-door strategies that keep your mornings crazy-free?

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