With 6 kids in school, you can only imagine the amount of chaos that ensues. My mornings start early and end late. There’s the rush to get the kids to school in time, followed by my need to get everything done at home I need to get done, all while taking care of the two youngest children. Then, it’s back in the car for a TWO HOUR pick-up ordeal. Home for homework, dinner, baths, and finally, bedtime for the kids. Chaos is the absolute best way to describe what goes on in my house during the first few weeks of back to school.
Today, I want to share several ways I help keep the chaos as small as I can, and I hope they help you out as well!
- To make the morning easier, get as much done as you can the night before. My kids take their baths/showers at night before bed. They lay out their clothes for the next day – down to their shoes and socks. I pack their lunches and put them in the fridge before I go to bed. Folders are checked, agendas and papers are signed, and anything they need for school the next day is in their bag or folder.
- Another way to make the morning better is to make sure kids get a good night’s sleep. Put them to bed at a reasonable time, and make sure they have a comfortable mattress/pillow/bedding to sleep on. Nest Bedding offers great deals on their products, that you should definitely check out! Also, be sure to keep electronics out of their rooms. If they have access to a cell phone or a tv, they may not get a good night’s sleep because they are staying up too late.
- Have a schedule posted in the morning. The first thing my kids do in the morning is put their clothes on. Remember, these are already laid out in their room, ready to go. Then, on my bathroom wall, I have a sign the kids are to follow. It has the following instructions:
- Use the restroom, flush, wash hands.
- Brush Teeth
- Comb Hair
- Do NOT allow the tv or electronics to be turned on in the morning. If I have learned anything, it’s this: if the TV is on, or my kids are allowed to play electronics, they won’t do anything else. They are sluggish, distracted, and it takes them f.o.r.e.v.e.r to get out the door. Electronics are great – at the right time. When you are trying to get out the door in the morning is not the right time.
- Remember: YOUR mood will directly effect your child’s mood! If you didn’t get a good night’s sleep, and you are cranky, odds are good, your child will be cranky too. If you don’t get a good night’s sleep very often, consider getting a better bed. Something like a Sleep Number bed might make a huge difference in your mood every morning.
These tips have helped calm the back to school chaos in my house. If they help you, I’d love to hear about it!