Beat The School Morning Blues: Stress Busting Tips For Parents
The summer holidays are finally over, and your kids are returning to school. You can now enjoy your home again, taking respite in the structure and routine of a new term. The teachers are in charge now, and there is nothing for you to worry about. Of course, as many mums will appreciate, this is absolute nonsense. Your stress level is probably at fever point, especially when it comes to getting your kids out of bed first thing in the morning to get them ready for school. But fear not, we are here to help. Here are some back to school hacks that will make your life easier.
Getting out of bed is especially difficult after the holidays, as many parents will have given up on the usual bedtime routine for their kids and themselves. Suddenly the prospect of having to wake up to an alarm is startling in more ways than one. Therefore, get into the habit of a bedtime routine as soon as possible. The earlier you and your kids go to bed the better, as a good night’s sleep will ensure none of you feel grumpy in the morning.
Try and get up at least an hour before the kids. This way, you can make use of the bathroom before they all pile in, sort out their packed lunches, and have a calming cup of tea before the chaos begins. You will feel better for the quiet time, and you will be less stressed when your kids come down the stairs with their usual morning demands.
- Sort out the school uniform
Getting your bleary eyed children into their school uniform in the morning is challenging, There is always a sock or a shoe missing in the morning, and despite their insistence, the monster under the bed probably isn’t responsible. Therefore, sort out the school uniform the night before. Have everything ironed and laid out neatly ready for the morning. You should also take the time to help your children put on the uniform themselves. Younger children should be taught how to tie their shoelaces and fasten their buttons, and here are 5 ways to tie a school tie for older children. Knowing how to dress themselves will save you a heap of time and stress in the morning when you can barely function yourself.
You may not have the capacity to think straight first thing in the morning, so use a whiteboard to make a checklist of everything that needs to be achieved each day. Write down those must-do tasks in advance, especially if some days are different than others. For example, you will need to get their p.e outfit ready for a certain day, and there may be after school activities you need to remember and prepare for. Your kids will also benefit from a checklist, such as brushing their teeth, packing their school bag, etc. Tired minds will benefit from these daily reminders.
You may have ideas of your own, so be sure to let us know in the comments. Enjoy the new school term!