Back to School Morning Routines

This year, I’ll have three kids in school and one staying home (he’s three). Last year, the third school-aged kid was in morning preschool, so she still had to be up and ready and out of the house with the older two.

Honestly, I panicked. How was I going to get them all out of the house on time?! At least two of them are not morning people, that’s for sure.

But, we were able to get into a routine, and made it through the last school year without ever being late. And to me, that’s a HUGE accomplishment.

Here’s an example of how we handle back to school morning routines (what works for us):

The biggest thing that I do is prepare as much as possible the night before (or even the weekend before). I make all of the school lunches the Sunday before the school week (check out how HERE). I also sort school clothes into piles the weekend before, by days. So, each stack will have a complete outfit for each child, and I have at least three (if not five) stacks ready to go for the week.

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I also gather breakfast the night before…if I’m going to make scrambled eggs, I scramble them in a container, put a lid on and put them in the fridge, so all I have to do is pour them in the pan in the morning. I make muffins, waffles, and even pancakes ahead of time and freeze them, so in the morning, I can pop them in the microwave to reheat and serve them. My kids use cups with lids and straws, so I’m able to fill up their cups the night before with milk and stick them in the fridge.

Homework is done the day before (read about after-school routines here), and backpacks hang on hooks next to the front door.

In the morning, all I have to do is heat up breakfast and lay out the outfits. There is no TV on in the morning (unless they finish getting ready in plenty of time), because my kids just get too distracted.

I wake them up about 45 minutes before we need to leave…they eat breakfast first thing while I take a shower, then they get dressed, get their shoes on, brush their teeth, and grab their lunch boxes and backpacks and we head out the door.

Getting it all gathered and prepared beforehand makes our mornings go so much more smoothly, and saves me a lot of stress on school mornings.

What is your biggest morning routine tip? Please share!

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  1. Love these ideas! I set alarms on my phone with labels of what should be started by then (breakfast, kids dressed, load up car) so I can keep track of the time easily.

  2. At the moment, we have no problems getting the two out the door because a) they wake up at the crack of dawn, so we have PLENTY of time and b) I don’t need to pack lunches yet because they’re only there for half a day. I do set out their clothes the night before, and make sure their bags are packed.

    Thanks for sharing your ideas!

  3. These are all great tips! I start out the school year with the best of intentions, but about a month in, we’re scrambling to get ready! I have to remember to prepare the lunches the night before!

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