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With a new school year in full swing, parents are scrambling to get organized with school clothes, supplies, and gear. Luckily I’m a bit of a planner and started collecting all summer long. It saves me the last-minute drama and some very long lines. I’m focusing my energy on preparing easy early morning routines that will help get everyone off to school both happy and healthy.
There is nothing worse than rushing, not eating well, or showing up to school tired each morning. Studies show this kind of morning ritual takes its toll on a developing brain and can set kids up for some pretty big disappointment grade-wise. I’m focusing my energy on creating “pockets of success” throughout our home that can shave on time, but not on quality of life.
The most sage advice I’ve ever been given as a parent is, “treat the need, not the behavior.” So I walked throughout my house looking for areas of concern that could potentially cause a hiccup in our morning routine. Backpacks thrown on the front bench, sneakers in the kids closet all the way upstairs, or hair brushes and toothbrushes in different locations.
In order to create a flow for our morning ritual, I added extra hooks by the front door at a child’s height. They can grab this on the way out the front door with no time wasted, they can also drop it off first thing as soon as they come home from school, eliminating clutter.
I added baskets under the front entry bench area for only their shoes, and a basket on the stairs for their slippers. This way they can throw on shoes quickly just before leaving, and drop off their slippers in the basket and avoid a mess. Again, once they return home they can hand off and get ready to be in “house-mode” again.
I created space on the kitchen counter where they can pick up their lunch boxes and drop off once they get home. This all allows for a smooth transition both in and out of our home each day.
Let’s face it, having two boys a year apart can lead to some pretty sticky situations at home. Their aim isn’t always at it’s best, and if the toothbrush isn’t readily available they may very well skip brushing altogether. My job in this arena was to make a no-fail system for bathroom success each morning.
I created a basket with all of their needs on top of the counter so it was easy accessible, and had everything they needed to leave to school fresh and clean. In the basket I include their toothbrushes and toothpaste (duh), but also, their hairbrush, wash cloths for their hands or face, floss, etc.. I’ve included sanitizing wipes by the toilet (for any mishaps), and my new-found savior the Fresh Wave Pods that keep the boys on time and fresh, but keep me sane. Things can get pretty stinky with two boys sharing one bathroom, Fresh Wave Scent Pods allow for easy refills, and it keeps the bathrooms smelling fresh all day long! There were days where I couldn’t walk by that bathroom without cringing, now we all have a solution we can easily manage.
The days of kids eating a donut or a toaster strudel on the way out the door are over. We know so much more as parents these days, it’s hard to ignore. Breakfast is indeed one of the most important meals of the day. Our bodies run on fuel, the type of fuel we give our kids each morning determines what kind of response their body will give them while in class. Healthy whole foods are key to keeping kids interested in learning, high-sugar cereals, donuts, or packaged muffins will set them up for a guaranteed crash.
The message we send to our children about how they should care for their bodies starts at home. I started collecting different cookbooks with quick and healthy breakfast options early on this summer to make sure I would have enough skills in my foodie toolbox to get both kids off to a healthy start this year.
Welcome back to another fun school year, I can’t wait to make it a great one!