Originally posted as a Saturday Solution at https://www.facebook.com/ThePotentialCenter/, this is such useful info that I’m posting it here as well 🙂
Start Planning NOW! for the new school year. Here are your Top 10 Tips for getting a head start:
- Lay out clothes the night before.
- Prep lunch the night before and have your kids help (which get them into the prep habit too J)
- Pack backpacks the night before. Charge phones on top of their backpacks each night so they won’t forget them in the morning. This also helps enforce the ‘no devices in the bedroom’ rule.
- Enforce bedtime – A solid night’s sleep makes getting up easier. Plus they’ll be able to focus once they’re in the classroom and have enough energy for the rest of the day.
- Invest in… doorbells – yes, that’s right. I came across this hack: Buy a wireless doorbell and put the bell part in your kids’ room. Set the sound to ‘gong’ and press it several times in the morning to wake them up. Saves you running up and down the stairs!
- Simplify breakfast – Batch cook or bake at the weekend, and then reheat during the week. Good foods for this are breakfast bars, overnight oats, and frittata muffins. Here’s my frittata muffin recipe: In a greased 12-cup muffin tray, place a mixture of finely cut sauteed veg – broccoli, mushrooms, onions, cauliflower, fennel, zucchini, carrots, peppers are all good choices – in the bottom third of each cup. Add a sprinkle of grated cheese. Beat 6 eggs with ¼ cup of milk, salt and pepper – add to each cup leaving approx ¼” space at the top (the muffins will puff up). Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes or until nicely brown on top. Each mini-frittata is equivalent to ½ an egg.)
- Store extra gear in the car – stash typical overlooked items and tools (e.g. socks, hairbrush, barrettes) into an over the seat organizer for those times when you need to get your kids ready on the go.
- Have a family calendar – Capture field trips and other important events on a fridge or wall-mounted calendar so they don’t sneak up on you. If your family is tech-savvy, Cozi is a family-oriented digital calendar that syncs with multiple phones.
- Stay on top of signatures – Ask your kids about permission slips, tests or reports cards the evening before the morning rush. Set up a family folder or inbox and train your kids to put important papers there when they come home.
- Be consistent – Routines enable you to go on auto-pilot so you can put your mental energy elsewhere. Think about routines you can established around washing, dressing (see #1), eating, brushing teeth, and gathering contents for backpacks and gym bags (tip: having a landing zone helps with this).