Forget January. September is when everything starts anew when
you have school aged children!
Deborah Lowther, family
health blogger and mother of three, has survived 1065 school mornings and counting. While it's true all parents dream of smooth
and calm morning routines where everyone walks out the door for school dressed, fed, brushed and on time, the reality is most
are in scramble mode, throwing lunches together, searching for permission forms, breaking up arguments and causing the children
to eat breakfast in the car.
Every September we vow
that this is the year we are going to achieve the perfect back to school morning!
This year, Deb is introducing the 6 Rule's for School to ensure they got off to
the right start. Because, as she says, "an organized household is a healthy and happy one!"
Routine, Routine, Routine! That is the secret! Kids thrive on routine
and parent can relish in routine. Bedtime should be as consistent as wake up time. When everyone arrives home from school,
everything from homework to permission forms to library books goes in one place and things like hats, mittens, jackets are
hung up in their place. This way nothing goes astray.
Put everything in reach so the kids can help out. A low pantry shelf can hold small cereal containers, bowls, spoons and
cups so breakfast can be handled on their own by children as young as three.
Responsibilities. Share them! Kids love to help! They can handle picking out clothes,
emptying the dishwasher, packing up their backpacks, taking their vitamins, setting out the lunch containers and filling water
Reminders. Get some poster
board, colourful markets and talk with the kids about what needs to get done each morning.: get dressed, brush hair, brush
teeth, homework/library books, vitamins, pack backpack, empty dishwasher, etc. Then post this list of reminders on the hall
closet door. When kids are not sure what to do next, they know where to go to make sure they have completed everything. Add
in stickers or a check list for the really young ones so they feel like they are accomplishing something.
Recipe. Make a commitment to yourself and your kids that
is year you will strive to make at least one homemade snack. Get the kids to help. A double batch of oatmeal applesauce
cookies and a loaf of whole wheat banana bread take just an hour to make and will get you through at least two weeks of school
snacks. Store in the freezer cut up and ready to pack in lunch containers on school mornings.
Relax. Every new routine will take a bit of tweaking, but if each family
member is given a role and works toward the same goal, your morning routine will quickly become second nature. And if you
still show up late to school one morning and forget to brush hair, it's OK, math class will still happen and tomorrow is another
chance to try it again!
Deb Lowther is a mother of 3
young daughters who has worked out her routine through years of school mornings. She blogs about Raising Healthy Kids and
Routine is a big part of that. You can visit her website to learn more at www.iron-kids.com