Well, Summer has flown by (as it always does). We still have a little less than a month until school starts and we will be soaking up every last day of Summer we can but we are also starting to think (panic) about Back to School. The dreaded early mornings, the carpool drop off and finding time to chug some caffeine all before 8:30 am are coming.
Gentry will be in 1st grade this year and Chloe is still in nursery school and neither one is much of a morning person so here are my 6 tips for making the back to school mornings a little easier.
1.) WAKE UP EARLY
Wake up an hour earlier than everyone else. This is especially hard if you aren't a morning person but I promise, that extra hour without little humans spilling milk, having to go to the bathroom 5 times, crying because they got the blue bowl instead of the green one and scrambling because they can't find their left shoe makes all the difference in the world. It's 60 minutes of silence where I can get up, get dressed and ready for the day, answer a few emails and start working on that cup of coffee without all the other distractions.
2.) CLEAN OUT BACKPACKS RIGHT AFTER SCHOOL
The second we walk through the door in the afternoons, everything comes out of backpacks (homework, papers to sign, dirty clothes...everything.) Homework is started right after a snack, papers are signed and once that is completed everything gets zippered back in backpacks and put by the front door for the next day. That way there's no mad morning scramble to check homework or sign permission slips.
3.) PACK LUNCHES THE NIGHT BEFORE
I pack lunches the night before, put those in the fridge, have water bottles filled and lunchboxes sitting on the counter so it's all ready to grab and go.
4.) KEEP BREAKFAST SIMPLE
Yes, I completely agree that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and the weekend is perfect for creating yummy veggie scrambles, bacon & eggs, pancakes and more but not during the week. Some of our faves that are tasty & healthy:
- - Plain instant oatmeal, 2% milk, a splash of vanilla, cinnamon and add either fresh blueberries or bananas after. Literally this can be made in under 3 minutes! #momwin
- - Egg bake - there are tons of recipes on Pinterest and if you spend a Sunday afternoon prepping them in muffin tins you have handly little egg bakes that are perfect for on the go. Kid approved, too!
- - Yogurt and granola with fresh berries (no cooking involved!)
- - And of course there are plenty of mornings where it's a toaster waffle in the car with a side of apple slices or some strawberries (no shame in my mama game!)
5.) SET OUT CLOTHES
Every evening before bed we will set out clothes for the next day. It makes for no options in the morning and makes the whole getting ready process much easier. And that way you aren't scrambling for a red shirt on school spirit day ten minutes before you leave the house...assuming you have marked that holiday in your calendar ;)
6.) NEVER RUN ON AN EMPTY TANK
And the last piece of advice, make sure your gas tank (and coffee cup) are full as your head out the door. There's nothing worse that getting in the car when you're already late and your gas light comes on 3 feet after pulling out of the drive way. I really despise getting gas but if you realize the afternoon before that you're running low - just go fill it up.
Basically - the big lesson here is prep, prep, prep. Organizing and planning ahead will do wonders for a mostly smooth morning!