Though it may seem difficult enough for most mums to get themselves up and ready to start the day, the beginning of a new school year can be especially hard to get little sleepy heads back into a school routine after the summer holidays.
Whether your kids are reluctant to go to school, want a few extra minutes in bed or are just a little disorganised, weekday mornings can turn into running battles in many households.
Unfortunately, there are no magic wands that can be waved to transform a child into a compliant early riser, but by following these four tips you can help make the school run just that little bit easier with less stress for everyone.
1. Prepare the night before
Getting packed lunches, school uniforms and homework ready to go the night before can save valuable minutes on hectic mornings.
Whether your children go to a state or private school, you should be able to get a copy of their timetable to help them work out what they need as far as homework and PE kit for each day. Help them be better organised by making sure homework is done and lunches are packed away nice and tidy before the manic morning arrives.
2. Get your kids used to an alarm clock
To help your little ones to rise and shine with a smile on their faces, invest in an alarm clock , which will stress the importance of punctuality.
By encouraging kids to set an alarm and dress themselves, you’re giving them a bit more independence without the struggle of repeatedly going in to wake them.
3. Keep breakfast simple
As long as the kids have something healthy and filling in the mornings, it doesn’t matter how elaborate the meal is, so why not save precious time by keeping it simple?
A bowl of cereal, some fruit, yoghurt or breakfast biscuits will all do the job nicely. As your kids get older they can start preparing breakfast themselves, saving you even more time.
4. Stick to a bedtime routine
No matter how old you are, getting up in the morning is always tough when you’ve had a late night.
By sticking to a regular bedtime as much as possible, you will get your kids settled into a routine and ensure that they get enough sleep before the long school day.
By following these tips you can make your mornings a little more manageable and little less manic.