We have been back to school for a little over 2 weeks now. We are in the swing of things now. The newness has worn off and we are in a routine. I have tried a few things this school year to make things run smoothy for me as the mom as I get the childern off the school.
Here are 5 things that are making my morning run a little bit better. These are not rocket-science ideas, just simple things that have helped me, so I thought I would pass it on.
1. Wake up before the kids.
For me that means 6:30 AM. We have a rule that the kids need to stay in bed until 7AM. I get myself all ready so when the kids wake up I can just focus on getting them ready, instead of trying to put my make-up on while the kids are brushing their teeth.
2. Pick out clothes the night before and lay them out.
This is to stop the battles I had with my 4 year old daughter. Now we talk about her outfit before she goes to bed (when she is more agreeable - in the morning she is quite crabby). Then she can wake up and put the clothes that she picked out. Some times she wants to change the outfit but I tell her she can wear it tomorrow. We used to spend a lot of time in the morning over what she would wear and now it is hardly any time at all. I some times pick out her clothes for the whole week.
3. Wear Play Proof Clothes
I was sent some Play Proof Clothes from Nano-Tex to have my kids put to the test. These clothes release stains in the wash, resist wrinkles, breathes easy, looks great wear after wear! Perfect to send off to school. Having easy washable clothes makes my life easier, not having to stain-treat everything!
Right now they are available at Gymboree.
4. Put frozen food (that will thaw out by lunch) in their lunch.
Did you know that there are several things that you can freeze that will thaw out by lunch time?! On-the-go yogurts, apple sauce/fruit sauce pouches, PB&J sandwiches, Mayo&Meat sandwiches (no lettuce or tomatoes), and Apples to name just a few. Put them in the freezer and they will be ready to pack in your lunch and you don't have to worry about them getting too warm before lunch, and they will keep other things cool in the lunch box as well. We call the frozen yogurt pouches Popsicle Yogurt... the kids love to eat them frozen for breakfast too
5. After School Snack Bowl
Every day, when the kids come home, they want/need a snack. My kids are too young to be trusted with an open snack cupboard and they cannot get the food by themselves yet. I would have to stand and tell the all their choices and then make a baggie for them once the made a choice. Now, I put pre-portioned, mom-approved snacks in a bowl for them the choose from after school. I let my kids pick 2 snacks before dinner. They feel like they have control over their snacks and I can get stuff done without having the stop and get a snack for them all the time.
What are some ways that you make your life easier at school time?
*Disclosure: I was supplied with the Play-Proof clothes for free, however all opinions are 100% mine*