With my youngest child starting school this year, I will be getting 3 young kids ready to go each morning, and I know how challenging that can be! Years ago, when my oldest son was in public school, I developed some rules and techniques for making sure our mornings ran smoothly and we started our days off on a positive note. I know all children are different, so what works for us may not work for you, but here are the tips and tricks that I have found beneficial for us.


  • Have the kids set out their clothes the night before
  • Help them get everything they need into their backpacks the night before
  • Get lunch bags ready as much as you can the night before, and ensure that you have on hand everything else you need
  • Get up before the kids and put a pot of coffee on…then get yourself ready, so you don’t have to worry about your own needs while the kids need assistance
  • Wake the children at a time that allows them plenty of extra time in case they have delays
  • Have a regular morning routine for each child (eg. eat, brush teeth, get dressed, brush hair, put lunch in backpack, put shoes on, wait to leave) that is consistent each day
  • Praise them for each step that they complete so they want to do it again the next day
  • Kiss, hug and tell them you love them either at home (for older kids) or at school every day


  • Allow the television or video games to be turned on in the mornings
  • Let them sleep in late because they seem tired…they will then have to rush and have a rough start to the day
  • Expect them to do each step without reminders
  • Yell or get angry at them for not getting ready. You don’t want them going to school feeling anxious or upset.

We all have rough mornings sometimes, but I find by doing the preparations ahead of time and having clear and consistent expectations, most school mornings are manageable and everyone gets where they need to go on time.



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Sheri McDonald is a family lifestyle blogger who has been sharing her parenting and travel adventures online for the past eight years. You can find her discovering the world with her children when she's not at home enjoying a good book.


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