Thursday 17 September 2020

(AD) Top Tips to Improve the Morning School Run

The majority of parents will know too well how stressful the morning school run can be sometimes, particularly those of us who are guilty of pressing the snooze button a few too many times. It can often feel like a losing battle trying to get the whole family out the door on time, but you’ll be pleased to know that it is actually possible with the right mindset and one or two changes here and there. I have teamed up with a private school in Surrey to explore some of the ways in which you can improve the morning school run and ensure it is smoother sailing.

One of the best things you can do to make the school run less stressful is to prepare everything in advance. This means things like the packing up and even planning what everyone is going to wear in the morning. Of course, this is made easier by the fact that the kids probably have to wear a uniform but it wouldn’t hurt to get their socks, underwear and other garments laid out for them so that they’re not looking for anything in the morning. Make sure that all letters are signed the night before and homework is complete. It might be worth investing in or creating, a checklist so that none of you forget to organise anything before you go to bed.

Try and change your outlook when it comes to the morning school run. If you tell yourself it’s going to be terrible, then it probably will be. Unfortunately, children tend to emulate their parents’ attitudes, so if you are grumpy in the morning, it is likely that your child will also be grumpy. Instead try and be positive and focus on getting yourself prepared before you move onto helping the children. This means setting your alarm a little earlier, but it will be worth it. Not only will you be able to get yourself into the right frame of mind, but you will also be completely free to focus on the kids, instead of trying to multitask.

What’s more, it’s important to ensure that the morning school run is consistent. In other words, try and do everything in the same order each day so that your children become familiar with the routine and everyone learns their roles. Children really benefit from familiarity and regular routines, so bear this in mind when you’re getting ready in the mornings. Perhaps consider introducing a rewards chart for your children to encourage them to concentrate on the tasks at hand each morning.

Until next time,
Jada x


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