With five children, all of whom are in school, people often ask how I manage to get them all dressed and to school on time.
Easy, I just follow this one tip.
GET AS MUCH READY THE NIGHT BEFORE SCHOOL AS YOU CAN!
Basically, that’s all I do.
The Night Before School
- Sort out their uniforms and leave them in the lounge for the primary school ages. The ones in Secondary school have their uniforms left in their bedroom.
- If they’re having a packed lunch for school, I make it the night before and leave it in the fridge.
- The table is set ready for breakfast, a choice of cereal, bowls and spoons laid out neatly.
- I check their bags and calendar the night before. If they have swimming or p.e the next day they’re sent to get what they need.
- Homework books are quickly scanned. Have they done everything, if not they do it there and then, if they have it’s signed off.
- Any forms or money are signed and placed in their homework bags.
- Depending on the day (we have a routine and they take it in turns, apart from Sunday when everyone has their hair washed) they have a shower/bath and their hair washed
- On a Sunday hair is checked for nits and if needed I treat with White Vinegar as I found it work amazingly for getting rid of head lice and nits pain-free.
The Morning Before School
- They’re woken up at the same time every morning.
- Downstairs they sit at the table and I pour the milk into their cereal and the juice into their glasses (the older ones can do it themselves)
- Whilst they’re eating I finish their packed lunch and put it all into their bags with their drinks.
- Teeth are brushed in the kitchen so I can supervise (older ones are trusted to do it in the bathroom)
- Into the lounge to get dressed. The rule is no tablets or TV.
- Older ones leave for their bus whilst the younger ones are still getting dressed. Always with a hug and a kiss goodbye and a reminder, I love them and to have a good day.
- Once they’re dressed I do their hair whilst the ones waiting put their nightclothes to the wash. Once their hair is done they put their shoes and coats on.
- Homework bags are picked up. Fruit is chosen and out the door in time for school.
It’s amazing how just a little organisation can help. Sadly though, it can’t help me with an 8-year-old who likes to dawdle and takes her time. My 11-year-old used to be like that but thankfully outgrew it. Now she’s the first out of the primary school children ready. Before I know it, she’ll be off to secondary with the other two!
Do you have any more tips on a calmer more stressfree morning?