1 September, 2019

5 Tips to Reduce Early-Morning Chaos During the School Year

Only one word is needed to describe a typical morning in most households during the school year – chaos!  School mornings are usually the epitome of a good plan gone wrong, but it doesn’t have to be that way.  Everyone in the household has a contribution, both to the problem and to the solution, and it takes a collective effort to create a relaxed and efficient environment in which the household starts the school day.  Stress doesn’t have to be a side effect either!

Timing is the most relevant factor in being prepared to start a school day.  If timing is off, everyone suffers and stress mounts.  The household has to function like a well-tuned orchestra, whereby every instrument is tuned, everyone is in his or her place, and the maestro is on the stand.

The following points will help you and your household be prepared to enjoy the day:

Organize and develop a morning and evening plan. Let children offer their input and have a trial run to test it

The plan should include such things as:

Make any physical changes to the home that will help everyone be better prepared

Plan for after-dinner activities that will need to be handled. If necessary, assign everyone their duties

Night-time duties should include:

Plan for morning activities that are to be completed before school

Morning activities and duties should include:

Parents must set the morning mood and control the chaos

Preventing chaos in the morning is definitely a family affair.  By investing time in planning routines and enforcing the rules that come from it, everyone gets his or her day off to a better start.  Failing to invest that time leaves the door open to disaster – and it will come!  Try implementing some of the above suggestions in order to keep that door closed.

One response to “5 Tips to Reduce Early-Morning Chaos During the School Year”

  1. Fiona jk42 says:

    My kids always had everything for school (uniform, PE kit, etc) laid out the night before so as to cut down on the chaos on school mornings.

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