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Turn morning chaos into calm!

Even the most organised parents with years of school-run experience will tell you that mornings can be a challenge. You'll need to be adaptable, but having a routine will help you manage the mayhem - making it easier for your child (and you) to enjoy the day ahead.

After school and evening

  • Check your child's book bag for any letter and notes from their teacher, the school office, or PTA - party invites are often sent out this way too
  • Talk about their day, read together and (when the time comes) help with homework tasks
  • Make sure any books that come home are back in their bag each evening
  • Find out if there's anything special going on the next day that they'll need something out of the ordinary for - wellies, cardboard boxes, a costume for World Book Day!
  • Help your child layout their uniform read for the morning (including BOTH shoes)
  • Get them to bed on time, because tired and grumpy children aren't fun in the morning!

In the morning kids morning checklist

  • Get up half an hour earlier than your child to give yourself a head start
  • Open curtains or switch on a lamp in your child's room 10 minutes before they need to get up, to give them a chance to wake up naturally
  • Use the Parentkind morning checklist with your child so they learn what they need to do each day - as they get older encourage them to do more by themselves
  • Allow enough time for breakfast - try and leave 15-20 minutes to sit at the table, it'll give you a few minutes to talk about the day ahead, and eating a filling breakfast will help your child concentrate at school
  • Switch off distractions like TV or tablets - perhaps build in a few minutes for a bit of telly if everyone's ready on time, but not if you know it's going to cause problems leaving the house!

It might take a while for your new routine to become a habit (or to even remember that you have a routine), but stick with it and on the days when it all goes to plan, you'll find mornings are much calmer.

Reviewed: June 2020

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