It’s that time of year again, back to school! Give yourselves a big pat on the back for surviving the school holidays. Don’t get too excited though, you’ve now got to get yourself and the kids out of the house without risking your safety by rushing in to school. I’m a bit of a school run veteran now as my eldest is 13. I thought I would share my 5 top tips on ways to stay organised on school mornings. I find by being organised it means most days run smoothly and I’m less likely to lose my shit.
5 Ways To Stay Organised On School Mornings
Prepare lunches the night before
Honestly this will save you so much time, yep its a pain in the arse when all you want to do is collapse on the sofa but there’s nothing worse than running really late and realising the packed lunches aren’t made! We make the lunchboxes up and fill the drinks bottles and pop them in the fridge, then all we need to do is grab them in the morning, Just don’t forget them! (it will happen at some point)
Lay out uniform including pants and socks
I make sure my son has a pair of trousers, shirt and jumper all on one hanger so he just has to grab one thing out and its all there ready for him to put on, no excuse of ‘I can’t find my…’ For younger children I would also get out underwear. I can’t promise though, even with best intentions, you wont go in expecting them to be fully dressed and find them stood staring into space with only one sock on!
Make a note on your calendar/phone when P.E day is, and for the love of god, DON’T FORGET TO WASH IT
If there’s one thing that’s going to send you over the edge its P.E kits. Realising that their kit isn’t even washed let alone packed is a bloody nightmare. Whack that kit in the wash the second they get home, get it dried and packed back in its bag ready for next week, and mark on the calendar or set a reminder on your phone so you don’t forget to take it every week.
Give yourself plenty of time to get out of the house
Step away from the snooze button! Never underestimate how long it takes a child to get their shoes and coats on, what should take seconds will most likely turn into a battle of wills with at least one of you crying (probably you) And lets not forget the walk into school, when even the speediest of children will do an amazing impression of a snail.
Join the school Facebook/twitter page
For some reason children completely lose their memory when it comes to important information they need to tell you. Most schools these days will have a social media account where you will find all the information your little darlings forget to mention. No one wants to get to school to find out it’s world book day, non uniform day or worse still.. school isn’t even open!
If you have any tips or hacks on how to stay organised on school mornings please leave them in the comments.