Make mornings easier before the school run

Weekday mornings are hectic enough when there are children around – throw in the time-pressure of a school run and it’s the perfect storm for an adult-sized tantrum.

Fancy making the morning routine run a little smoother this term?

Try these school morning hacks to help you keep your cool all the way to the school gates:

  • Pack lunches the night before
    “I’ll get up early and do it in the morning” is a tempting thought when you’re tired – until the alarm goes off. Getting packed lunches ready in the evening and stashing them in the fridge can streamline your morning by precious minutes.
  • Lay out the essentials
    The same goes for school uniforms, backpacks, PE kits, homework and anything else the kids need – get everything out the night before, so everyone can grab-and-go in the morning.
  • Tidy round before bed
    It’s difficult to feel calm and collected when the house is messy, you can’t find somebody’s shoes, and you’ve no chance of locating your car keys. Have a quick tidy up every evening to create a relaxing atmosphere – you could even get breakfast cereal, bowls and cups out on the table ahead of time.
  • Keep on top of the laundry
    There’s nothing worse than discovering that their last clean jumper is in the bottom of the washing basket! Prioritise school essentials when sorting the laundry – you may find a checklist of uniform items helps, simply tick each item off when it’s been cleaned.