We do morning bath, breakfast, get dressed, brush hair and teeth and then if there's time we wait until we leave
I did have a routine
But now it's hard for me to get up in the mornings sometimes depending on what time my 6 week old wakes up
I pack lunches the night before. I try to get up early n most times I'm early my 7 year old decides to be slow at getting dress for school stuffs around to much I've gotten up early than usual n still is the same shit
Always make time for a good breakfast at the table. Have bags, lunches, PE kits, shoes and uniforms ready the night before to minimise rushing. This will also get children into good habits for lifetime. After school wind-down time is key too. Put out some crafts/playdough/Lego that they can just get stuck into when they walk in. Asking a few specific questions can be really effective as well such as, 'who was kind to you today?' This opens up a conversation that isn't overwhelming.
My kids are 14 and 17 so all I do is get up and get in the car to drop them off. In the winter time my older even turns the car on so it's already warm when we get in it.
What about afternoon and evening routines?
Snack when they get home, homework for the big kids, reading for the younger. Solo play, showers are scheduled, dinner, hair done, into their rooms by 8 for quiet time and then lights out 8:30 for all kids.
My game changer was getting the older two alarm clocks. Mornings had been a fight with 5 of us out the door by 7:30. Sooo if they’re not up before I roll out of my room, they get a granola bar for breakfast and bed 30 mins earlier that night.
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