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All About Routines – Preparing Your Child for School Each Day

It’s 9a.m. on Monday morning. You just dropped your child off at preschool. Do you feel like you’ve run a marathon? Chances are that you do…and you’re not alone. As a parent, mornings can be the most hectic time of day. But they don’t have to be. Read on for tips to get your child up and out the door each morning…hassle-free. And perhaps you’ll be able to take a five-minute coffee break before continuing with your day.


Routines are Key to Success

The key to more pleasant mornings is establishing routines. Routines make everything easier, so start thinking about the evening and morning habits that will work best for your family. The goal is to create un-rushed schedules, so everyone in the family can head off to work and school without being in a frenzy.

Keep in mind that preschoolers are not little adults, so they’re not thinking ahead. They live in the here and now. So, it’s up to the adults in their lives to establish structure and help children follow routines to get them to school happy and healthy each morning.

The Night Before

Rule of thumb: Everything that does not have to be done in the morning should be completed the night before. Try these tips with your child on school nights to move things along the next morning:

  • Pick out out clothes for the following day. Make sure they are pressed and ready to go.
  • Pack backpacks, to include notes, permission slips, notebooks, etc.
  • Discuss plans for the following day, such as pick-up times and after-school activities. Make sure each child knows his schedule for the following day before going to bed.
  • Establish easy bedtime routines, making sure everyone knows what time lights out will occur.
  • If possible, pack lunches for the next day.

Morning Routine

You successfully made it through the evening routine. Keep the structure going the next morning with the following suggestions:

  • Get up early, leaving plenty of time to spare. You may want to get yourself dressed and ready to go before assisting your children.
  • Prepare lunches if you were unable to do so the night before.
  • Prepare breakfast, and eat with your children. Not only does this set a good example, but you can also keep everyone on task.
  • Help children gather their belongings at the appointed time, remind them of their schedule for that day, and send them on their way…hopefully without the last-minute, unexpected spilled milk or lost jacket incidents. But don’t fret! Because you planned so well, you’ll have plenty of time to address any eleventh-hour blunders that may pop up.

Want to learn more about helping your child establish routines? Feel free to contact us. We look forward to speaking with you!

February 8th, 2018

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