The Parenting Clubhouse Podcast Episode 21: Gearing Up for School Part 1: Morning Routines

parenting podcast routines Jul 23, 2019

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Hello there and welcome to The Parenting Clubhouse Podcast! It’s the end of July and I know a lot of you are gearing up for the new school year. That’s why I’m dedicating these next four episodes to help you get ready for the start of school. Today I’ll be talking all about how to set your child up for success with morning routines. Let’s get started! 

#1 Set a wake-up time

When we set a wake-up time for our children, we need to think about (1) what time they need to get out the door to head to school and (2) all of the tasks they need to accomplish in order to make it out the door on time. We don’t want our children to feel rushed in the morning so we need to make sure that we are giving them enough time to get everything that they need to get done in the morning. 

We also want to keep in mind that it’s best to keep our children on a consistent routine, and that includes weekends. It’s so easy to knock our children’s sleep out of whack, that’s why it’s important to keep our children’s wake up and sleep times consistent during the week AND on weekends. 

If we really want to set our children up for success for the start of the school year, it’s best that we start doing this now! Figure out what your child’s wake up time should be and begin having him or her wake up at that time during these last few weeks of summer. When the first day of school comes around, you’ll be glad you did. 

#2 Have a morning routine

A morning routine includes all of the activities that your child needs to accomplish in the morning before heading out for school. For example, waking up, brushing teeth, washing up, doing hair, putting on deodorant, getting dressed, making the bed, and eating breakfast can be a part of your child’s morning routine. 

Take the time that you have now to sit down with your child and discuss all of the things that he or she needs to accomplish in the morning in order to get out the door for school. Make a list of everything that needs to be accomplished. 

Some children may have a difficult time accomplishing all of these tasks in the morning, but don’t worry! We can use checklists, visuals, timers, and reminders to help our children accomplish all of these tasks. 

#3 Prep the night before

Prepping the night before is a sure-fire way to help make mornings less stressful. Have your child get all of his or her school supplies ready to go by the front door before heading to bed. If your child is responsible for making his or her lunch, making lunches is a great thing to prep the night before. For some kids, it’s way too difficult to figure out what they are going to wear in the morning. Pick and lay clothes out the night before. 

Like I mentioned earlier, sit down with your child and chat about what things they can the night before in order to make their mornings run a bit smoother. Begin these conversations now and plan out how your child’s mornings will look. 

As parents, we are all about setting our children up for success for school and for life. Like I mentioned at the beginning, the next three episodes will provide ways for you to help set your child up for success for the start of school. Stay tuned! 

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