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Back to school time doesn’t have to mean that chaos is about to ensue on your household. When it comes to my family, we rely on routines to make sure that everything runs smoothly in our home, whatever season we are in. So, today I’m sharing 3 great routines to help you (and your kiddos!) get yourselves together for back to school time.
Plus, free printables!
Okay, so first off, our day really does start the night before. A good evening routine can really set up your next day for success.
Here are some things I do to make the most of my evenings:
I clean the kitchen and make sure it is ready to go for breakfast. I wash the day’s dishes and make sure all of those are done, including any bottles or sippy cups. Then, I set whatever meat I need for the next day’s dinner in the refrigerator to thaw. I do a quick 15 minute pickup of toys and things around our main living areas, and I prep for the next day. If lunches need to be packed, I need to set clothes out, or pack up the diaper bag for the next day, I’ll do that. I have my planner minute to check off what was done for the day or notate what wasn’t. Then, I go wash my face and brush my teeth, followed finally by a little quiet time (phone-free) to relax and de-stress.
Next, you need a great morning routine to get the new day started right, as well.
Okay, so in the mornings, I like to wake up, shower if I didn’t the night before, get dressed and ready to go out the door (even if there’s nowhere to go!). I swish and swipe: take care of getting ready in the bathroom and tidying up in there as I go. I make the bed and clean up after the kiddo’s breakfast mess (with their help). I make sure to have a planner minute and make my daily action plan according to what is happening that day. Also, I like to do one load of laundry a day, so my morning routine includes throwing that laundry in the wash, and then I also included a space for one daily chore. I try and choose at least one thing to make sure I get done for that day and get it over with. 😉
Now, one I skipped mentioning because I feel like it deserves some extra special attention is BREAKFAST. I feel like so often we moms get busy and we are the last on our list to take care of. However, I think it is so, so important not to skip breakfast.
I love keeping my refrigerator stocked with LALA® Yogurt Smoothies for busy on the go mornings. They are made with real fruit and have 5 grams of protein! Pair them with a nuts or something else easy to take along and there you have a healthy and delicious breakfast.
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Okay, and my last little piece of advice is to foster some independence in your little ones this school year. You can do that by giving them their own morning routine printable to check off. This helps them to get themselves ready to go to school!
And there you have it! I hope you find these routines & printables helpful and that you have a stress-free start to the new school year!