Our child is starting kindergarten in the fall. That is equal parts exciting and depressing. Depressing because it makes us feel old. It seems like we were just changing diapers last month. It’s exciting because as someone who works primarily from home at the moment, it means I can do my job in relative quiet without worrying about YouTube videos being audible in the background during a business call. It’s like tax-funded daycare.
Although, as anyone with a five-year-old knows, getting them dressed and ready to do anything is a massive chore. Just think, “now we have to do that on a daily basis.” So we are going into this with a game plan to make mornings before school as quick and as painless as possible. Here are a few tips to get into a routine that will limit the headaches getting your kid ready for school.
Pre-pack Lunches: Did you know that peanut butter and jelly sandwiches freeze well? The same goes for most lunchmeat sandwiches. Save yourself some valuable time by getting their lunches together the night (or even the week) before. It’s possible to have their entire lunchbox packed with all the sides like fruits and vegetables along with any other packaged snacks and put the whole thing in the fridge so all you have to do in the morning is grab it and go. Drink boxes and juice pouches can also be frozen overnight and will keep foods cool until lunchtime.
Ready the Wardrobe: Do you know how to tell when you are about to be 20 minutes late to wherever it is you are trying to get? Hearing your kid complain that they can’t find matching socks. Rather than trying to find a whole set of matching clothes —and also avoid the inevitable arguments about where the such-and-such shirt instead of the something other one — it’s a good idea to have everything laid out and ready the night before. Of course, this includes socks.
Ban the Screens: Does your child have the attention span of a goldfish? Ours does and nothing causes him to lose focus faster than the distractions of the television or tablet. That’s why we will be enforcing no screens before school.
Which leads us to one of the most important steps in any before-school routine…
Feed them a Delicious Breakfast: Cooking a full breakfast can be time-consuming and sugary cereal, however easy it may be, isn’t the best choice to get your kids’ day started on the right foot every day.
Back to School Routine Printable
Use this to create your very own back to school routine using my suggestions! Fill in the blanks until you have your family ready to go.
Back to School Printables
How do you prepare for back to school?