Crafting a Back-to-School Morning Routine

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As the school season resumes, families often experience a mix of excitement and challenges. Crafting a solid morning routine can significantly influence the course of a productive day. Within this blog, we will walk you through the process of developing a proficient back-to-school morning routine that harmonizes self-care, organization, and readiness for your children’s daily activities.

 


In the Morning

 

1. Wake Up Before the Children: Inner Work

Begin your day a touch earlier than your children, allowing time for some introspective activities. Engage in grounding exercises, such as meditation, journaling, or a gentle stretch routine. These moments of solitude can help you center yourself and set a positive tone for the hours ahead.


2. Tuck Your Phone Away

Resist the initial urge to plunge into your digital sphere. Safely stow away your phone, establishing a clear boundary between your personal time and the digital distractions of the day.

 

3. Make & Eat Breakfast

Prioritize a nourishing breakfast that fuels your body and mind. Opt for a balanced meal encompassing protein, whole grains, and fruits or vegetables. This practice benefits you and sets a valuable example for your children’s eating habits.

 

4. Enjoy a Coffee or Tea

Indulge in a cup of your favourite morning beverage—a ritual that instills comfort and mindfulness. Use this time to collect your thoughts before the day gains momentum.

 

5. Take Supplements

For those who incorporate supplements into their routine, consider making this a part of your morning ritual. Keep them within view as a visual cue to ensure you don’t overlook them.

 

6. Reheat Lunches

If you’ve prepared lunches the night before, reheating them in the morning streamlines the lunch-packing process and ensures your kids have a tasty and nutritious meal.


7. Shower and Dress

A morning shower not only wakes you up but also provides a moment of tranquillity. Get dressed in an outfit that makes you feel confident and empowered for the day.


8. Go

With everything in order, it’s time to head out the door. Ensure you have your essentials (keys, wallet, etc.) and are ready to start your day.

 



The Previous Evening

1. Lay Out Clothes for Yourself and Your Children

Select outfits for yourself and your children the night before. This minimizes morning decision-making and prevents last-minute wardrobe crises.


2. Prep Lunches and Fill Water Bottles

Prepare lunches and place them in the refrigerator for easy access in the morning. (Check out lunch container recommendations here). Fill water bottles and leave them in a visible spot for everyone to grab on their way out.


3. Unload the Dishwasher

Waking up to a clean kitchen helps set a positive tone for the morning. Unload the dishwasher the night before to ensure you have clean dishes for breakfast.


4. Review Your Calendar

Take a quick look at your schedule for the next day. This prevents any surprises and helps you mentally prepare for what’s ahead.


5. Pack Backpacks

Pack your children’s backpacks with their completed homework, books, and any required items for the next school day. This eliminates the morning scramble to find everything.


6. Prep Breakfast

Prep parts of your breakfast that can be done in advance. For example, soak oats for porridge; measure the ingredients and store them in the refrigerator if you’re having a smoothie or mix the muffin batter so it’s ready for the oven in the morning.


7. Sleep

A well-rested night is the foundation of a successful morning routine. Aim for a consistent sleep schedule and bed time routine to ensure you wake up feeling refreshed.

 

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Meagan Wilson is a parent educator and author of the now-retired seasonal series of Whole Family Rhythms. After finishing a BA, she went on to complete her Foundations in Steiner Education and Anthroposophy at Sydney Steiner College, as well as her Waldorf Early Childhood Certification at the Rudolf Steiner Centre in Toronto. She has received her certification as a Simplicity Parenting Family Life Coach and has supported hundreds of parents to create a strong family rhythm unique to their own values and culture. She has four young children. Meagan provides resources, support and information to parents who are looking for a bridge to cross between their unique family life and their children’s (often but not always) Waldorf schools.

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