5 Practical Tips For Busy School Mornings
Trying to get mini humans awake, washed, dressed and organised for their day ahead is… exactly as hard as it sounds. Here’s what I do for school run survival. It is by no means a guarantee for success but more about trying to stack the odds in your favour.
1. Check The Weather
This may sound a little over the top, but we’ve all had that Home Alone moment where the weather hits unexpectedly. The drop of rain, hint of wind or even the unmentionable, (snow!) in Ireland and you are guaranteed school run chaos. Building a quick check of the weather into your nighttime routine on a school night can save you extra time in the morning just by setting your clock ten minutes earlier.
2. Get Organized The Night Before
It’s the little things that trip me up in the morning, the school permission slips produced out of thin air to be signed, the requests for handmade recycled Christmas tree decorations due in that day, fancy dress themes, the list of things that can really derail a morning is, unfortunately, infinite. A sweep of the school bags the night before leads to lunch box argument being settled with hours to spare rather than tears over red cheese. Did you not remember Mom, that I am going vegan for November?
3. Keep Everything To Hand
Gloves, may one day, break me. Well, make that pairs of gloves. Destined to be found only separate outside of their natural habitat, we keep one box by the door that everything gets tipped into when we all come home, and gets tipped out when we all leave. The gloves in our house may never match, but they will come in pairs.
4. In Case Of Emergency
On a really bad school run morning, we are all grumpy. My 'in case of emergency' on these mornings refers to chocolate for myself to console myself over the growing Mommy guilt of sending the kids to school either half dressed, or half washed. This is generally an emergency bar that I then have after I have put the house back together. In the calm after the storm, I resolve to be more organised, shout less, and give the kids extra snuggles when they come in.
5. Don’t Panic
When it goes really wrong, it is spectacular. But that is ok, once in a while, things need to go off track and fall apart a little. Don’t be so hard on yourself or your little people. Turns out that none of us read the fine print that came with that sweet little cherub of a baby that turned up all of those years ago, we are all just trying to find the balance between complete anarchy and military precision until we get to the summer holidays!
Got any other school morning tips? Let us know in the comments!