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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Morning Routine Organization | Family Economics

By Trisha

From what to wear and eat, to requests regarding where to go and what to do, moms are bombarded with tons of questions while trying to get their children out the door. Sometimes the morning routine can be complete chaos. How do we eliminate the stress and get our children off to school in peace?

Over the years I have discovered some tried and true tips that have taken my home from chaotic morning routines to peaceful morning routines. Here’s how I handle the madness by prepping the night before:

While your children are completing their homework, be sure to do yours. Sign all necessary documents, including planners and school notes, and place them back inside your children folders or backpacks.

Lay out their clothes. Have your children pick out there outfits after they complete their homework each evening, while school activities for the next day are fresh on their brain. Be sure to include undergarments, accessories and shoes.

Go over the calendar of after school activities for the next day with your children. Have them pack the needed items for their activities, including weekly folders, library books, gym clothes and snacks, and set by the exit door. All items will be ready to grab-and-go in the morning.

Prepare lunches right after dinner. After clearing the dinner table, take the time to also gather food items for lunch the next day. Fill lunchboxes with non-perishable items and prepare refrigerated items so they are ready to be removed from the refrigerator and placed in the lunchbox in the morning.

Plan and prep breakfast after dinner as well. Decide what your family will eat and prepare as much as possible by setting out necessary items. This includes cereal boxes, bowls and spoons or pancake griddle, bowl mixers and measuring cups.

Take 10 minutes to do a nightly pick up. Do the last of the dishes in the sink and pick up dirty laundry, toys, and other items left around the house. This one step will start your morning off fresh with a clean start.

How do you keep your mornings organized and peaceful as you get your children out the door and off to school?

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On Thursday, October 27, 2011, Debbie from Kid's Faith Steps wrote

I used to have a morning chore chart which my kids helped me with. They could put stars on the chart for each chore completed including brushing their teeth. Then I didn't have to yell or become frustrated with them, I could just refer them to the chart when they were dawdling. I know there's a lot of them out there and it's probably a little old fashioned but it did help and when the kids knew they were in charge of it, they seemed to have more fun with it.

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