The school run can be a daunting task. It can sometimes involve getting up early, scoffing down a breakfast and then rushing out the door with your children. Well, we say no more! Gone are the days of stressful mornings, we want a relaxing and calm environment at all times, especially during your school routine.
If your normal routine has gone out the window recently or you are simply looking to change it up, we’ve got all the top tips that you need to know on how to make your school routine work for you.
In this article, we will be looking at how to use your time effectively, such as preparing the night before as well as avoiding the traffic and taking time for yourself without the dreaded mum guilt that comes with it.
1. Prepare The Night Before
When it comes to getting your children ready for school, starting the night before and buying yourself some extra time is imperative. There are many ways that you can prepare, like pre-packing your kid’s lunches, signing their planners or consent forms and ironing their school uniforms.
Getting a good night's sleep will also ensure that you aren’t rushing to the door in the morning after accidentally sleeping through all of your alarms. Implementing a bedtime routine is a back-to-school must!
Any screens should also be put away securely a few hours before bed time. It’s been proven that blue light suppresses the body's release of melatonin which is a hormone that makes people feel drowsy. It’s important to manage a child’s blue light intake before bed, as it could end up affecting their sleeping pattern.
Set boundaries when it comes to the evening, including having a clear bedtime and a routine that involves winding down to allow for a more relaxed night’s sleep. A good example of this is yoga for children. When you are teaching your children healthy habits from an early age, it’s undoubtedly giving them the best start in life. Yoga doesn’t only encourage them to exercise, but it also allows them to concentrate and wind down before bed.
When it comes to relaxing in the evening, make sure you’re keeping everything calm during the hour before lights off. Try reading books with your children, listening to music quietly, drawing or even just having a one on one chat about the upcoming day. If your child’s finding it difficult to sleep or wind down, why not try applying our SLEEP WELL Aromatherapy Balm a few minutes before bed.
Another game changer is waking up before your kids. Before the craziness of the school morning starts, sit back, relax, light your
2. Avoid The Traffic
There is nothing worse than getting stuck in traffic, especially after starting your school routine the night before and feeling super organised. In the morning, you can always check through your maps app whether there is heavy traffic on the roads near you before leaving the house. But you can also take a healthier option such as walking or having your children ride their bikes to their schools.
If you’re dropping off a child on your way to work and you find yourself in traffic, you could drop your older children off halfway to their school. This can be a great way to give your kids more responsibility and allow them to feel more independent as they make their way to their morning classes.
If you’re in a rush in the mornings but still want to avoid the dreaded gridlock that can happen during rush hour for both school and people’s regular 9 to 5s, then you may consider skipping breakfast. We recommend against this, as we see food as fuel and with young ones going for a full day of learning, they will need this meal. Why not try taking a piece of fruit with you on the way? Parent’s need brain power too, so don’t forget to add a piece in for yourself!
3. Make The Mornings Fun!
After a good night’s sleep, everyone in the family will be feeling refreshed and ready to take on another day of learning. Making your routine more fun can also help you conquer those dreaded school mornings.
Making your morning more enjoyable, shouldn’t only be about the kids, it’s also about the parents. Waking up before your children can help you curb the craziness of the typical school morning and aid you in remaining present within your family. Sit back, relax, light a DE-STRESS Home Aromatherapy Candle and have a cup of coffee in peace and quiet.
Waking up earlier than your children can also allow you more time to talk with your children before you all go your separate ways for the day ahead. Making your morning more about connection, rather than simply checking off a list of things to get done before school, will mean that everybody will find it more enjoyable as well as aiding in creating a calm atmosphere that your children will carry throughout the rest of their day.