For some of you, school just started this week.
For us, school has been going for what seems like an eternity already.
And it’s only been 2 weeks. Sigh. It’s going to be a long year.
So how are you doing with school? How are your mornings getting the kids out the door? Are they calm, peaceful, cheerful, enjoyable, perfect mornings?
Yeah – mine aren’t either.
Let’s get real.
The 1st day of school was magical. My kids jumped out of bed, got dressed in their laid-out-the-night-before clothes, made their beds, put their pj’s away and excitedly ran upstairs. Once upstairs, they made their own lunches, did their dishes, waited for me to do their hair and then sat down for breakfast. After breakfast, they put their dishes in the dishwasher, did their chores and even practiced the piano.
Oh, and did I mention that they didn’t fight once?!
My two oldest went off to Junior High and High School – happy.
Then we rode bikes to school, leaving in plenty of time so we didn’t feel rushed. We got to school before the 1st bell rang and I was able to take some cute pictures of the kids as they walked into school.
Then I peacefully rode home, excited about how the morning went.
The 2nd day of school was pretty much the polar opposite of the 1st day. I had to drag them out of bed, they sluggishly got dressed, left their pj’s on the floor, had to be reminded to make their beds and slowly went upstairs.
Once upstairs, it was as if they forgot what they were supposed to be doing and had to be reminded of everything.
Even Luke didn’t remember that shirts go on the top part of your body and that those tennis shoes weren’t his.
We weren’t late for school, but we were a little rushed.
And they fought. Oh yes – they fought.
And that pretty much sums up what it’s been like every day since then.
So, my question for you is this: what are you doing to help make the mornings run a little smoother?
One of my tips is a super simple thing. But it does help. At least a little.
I set the table the night before.
My kids prefer cereal for breakfast, so it’s easy to set up for that. I have four children in school right now. My younger ones usually eat after they oldest four are in school and I usually eat with the younger ones. My husband eats breakfast before any of the kids are up so I only set places for the four that are in school.
There is a lot more that can be done and more that I already do. But I’d love to hear what you do or don’t do to help the mornings be more magical.
The first person to comment gets to pick the topic I discuss next. (I know that’s such a huge incentive to comment, huh?)
Good luck with your mornings!