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In less then a month, Ella will begin her second year of preschool and my family will be swept into the whirlwind of back-to-school madness. For me, the hardest part is getting myself and a willful toddler ready and out the door by 6am. Unfortunately, my efforts to be on time in the past caused tears and frustration more often than not. Because I want our mornings to be a happy time, this was something that had to change. For the past few weeks, Ella has been going to summer camp, and I have used this time to find strategies that make our mornings easier.
I made several changes to our routine, but the three tips listed below have had the biggest impact. We are finally enjoying our mornings together! These tips have made such a difference in my family, I wanted to share them with you. I encourage you to try them with your kids because a happy morning makes the whole day better!
Tips for a Stress-Free Morning Routine
Hunting for backpacks, lunch boxes and homework is a huge time-waster in the morning, so my first tip is to create a backpack station. Getting kids in the habit of leaving their school gear in a certain spot makes getting ready so much easier. There is a low table by our front door; this is our backpack station. Ella knows to leave her backpack and lunch box there after school. The table also has an in/out folder for homework and papers that need to go back to school. Having everything organized this way really helps to create a smooth morning routine.
Eliminate Clothing Wars
Ella is our resident fashionista, and choosing her outfit was always a source of tension. Heaven help us if her favorite pink dress was dirty! To cure this common problem, we now use the shelf system pictured above. Every Sunday, Ella picks out an outfit for each day of the school week. No more hunting for clean clothes or battles over what to wear!
Easy Breakfast Options
Is cold cereal on permanent rotation in your house? It was in mine, and we were all sick of it! Make-ahead meals are the answer to this problem. Breakfast foods that can be made over the weekend like frittatas or frozen options like Jimmy Dean® Pancakes & Sausage or Jimmy Dean® Fully Cooked Links & Patties are perfect options for hectic school days. I top the Jimmy Dean Pancakes and Sausage with my homemade blueberry syrup, and Ella absolutely adores it! Her father and I prefer eggs and sausage in the morning, and the Jimmy Dean Fully Cooked Patties make this breakfast super easy as well.
As you prepare for the first week of school, stop by Walmart and pick up Jimmy Dean breakfast staples. Find the Pancakes and Sausage in the “Frozen Breakfast” section and the Fully Cooked Patties in the “Breakfast Meats” section (by the pre-packaged lunch meat).
Since I have started using these tips, the difference has been huge! Without tension and tears, our day begins on a much happier note. I hope these ideas help make your mornings more peaceful as well!
Talk to Me: What is your favorite tip for getting kids ready and out the door on time?