School mornings are crazy. Here are 5 Expert Hacks for Simplified Mornings and making school days smooth ways.
School Days, Smooth Ways: 5 Expert Hacks for Simplified Mornings
Thinking about back-to-school mornings can be a whirlwind of emotions for many parents. The rush, the forgotten lunchbox, and that daily sprint towards the bus stop. But as we gear up for another school year, wouldn’t it be refreshing to have mornings that are smoother, even enjoyable? We spoke to experts for advice on everything from shopping for clothes to simplifying the morning hustle. While it might be ambitious to try all the tips, pick a few that resonate with you and give them a try.
1. Organize Like a Pro
Christina Giaquinto, an expert in organization, suggests establishing structured evening and morning routines. Her golden rule? Preparation. “Set out your kid’s outfit the night before, have a dedicated bin for on-the-go essentials like hats and umbrellas, prep breakfast, and snacks in advance, and keep your car decluttered. A weekly cleanup of the car can also ensure clutter-free rides to school.”
2. Embrace the Style Subscription Trend
Shopping can be time-consuming and sometimes stressful. But what if you could make it fun and efficient? Kidpik, founded by Ezra Dabah, offers a unique solution. “We send a personalized box of coordinated outfits right to your door, based on a quiz your child takes. Its style is made simple! When you keep the whole box, every piece is an average of $16. And yes, shoes can be included. With outfits they love and feel great in, kids can quickly dress up, creating simplified mornings.”
3. Prioritize Some “Me Time”
Dr. Maria Shaheen from Primrose Schools reminds parents of the importance of self-care. “It might seem counterintuitive, but starting your day by doing something just for you can transform your mornings. It could be a quiet coffee moment, tuning into a podcast, or a short morning exercise routine. It sets a positive tone for the day, helping you and your family feel more relaxed.”
4. Personalize Your Routine
Recognizing that every child is unique, Mark Blakey, founder, and CEO of an Autism parenting magazine, emphasizes customizing morning schedules. “It’s up to parents to set clear morning expectations. By setting consistent wake-up, breakfast, and departure times, you ease the morning chaos. This consistency not only minimizes stress but also sends kids off to school with a positive mindset.”
5. Empower Your Kids
Laura Doyle, a bestselling author, believes in giving kids a say in their routines. “Allowing them to make decisions, like what to wear, boosts their confidence and self-worth.” How to strike a balance without endless debates? “Set boundaries but within those, let them have a say. It helps them develop decision-making skills and trust in their choices.”
Revamping your mornings might need some adjustments, but with these expert tips, the start of your day can become a little brighter and a lot smoother.