1. Build a daily family schedule
Think about what you have to do on an average school day, and build a routine that your kids
can get used to. After implementing the system with fidelity, everyone in the house will begin to
know what to expect. This routine can be flexible when things come up, but it will ensure that
you are clear about how much time is needed to do homework, bathe, eat and get ready for
school in the mornings.
2. Prepare clothes and school bags at night
There is plenty to do in the morning without figuring out where Ashley’s right shoe is. Be sure to
lay out what your child will be wearing the next day to ensure that you are all set for “getting
dressed” time. If your child wears a uniform daily then you already know what to expect and can
even have the clothes ironed for the week! Have school bags packed and ready with all
materials. Put them in the same spot every day so they are easy to find. If your child is older, this
is a responsibility that they can take on themselves as an evening chore.
3. Keep bedtime sacred
School-aged students should get between eight and thirteen hours of sleep each night. Lots of
kids like to trick their way into staying up late, but the consequences are heavy. Tired students
are less alert, process slowly, and are more irritable in school. Develop systems in the house that
promote sleep. Refrain from having TVs and phones in your child’s room. If they have a cell
phone, require them to keep it charging in the kitchen or your room. Turn house lights out, keep
electronics usage low, and encourage older family members to be quiet at night.
4. Wake up before the kids
“Me” time is a necessity. Just taking a few minutes to care for yourself can ensure that you are
best ready to care for others. Set your alarm clock just 10-15 minutes before waking up the kids
to prioritize self-care and ensure you are ready to have a good day!
5. Have an alarm clock in your child’s room
Build independence by teaching your child to wake up on their own. Have their alarm clock go
off five minutes before they actually need to be up. Teach them what to do when they wake up.
Five minutes later, arrive for a wake up visit and see how much they’ve accomplished. Give them
feedback and reward progress to encourage constant growth.
6. Keep regularly scheduled doctor’s appointments
Preventative health care can help you get in front of sickness. From getting prescribed allergy
medicine to getting an annual flu shot, being aware of your child’s physical needs can ensure
you they won’t be missing school for health reasons.
7. Start the day with a healthy breakfast
Skipping breakfast can have a negative impact on energy and learning. Foods such as fruits,
nuts, whole-grain breads, and cereals can be prepared and eaten quickly. Plus, they provide a
great boost of energy for the morning.
8. Time the morning routine and practice it to perfection
Put yourself on a time crunch and track your progress. Your goal may be to get ready in fortyfive
minutes, but your average time may currently be sixty minutes. Practice “getting ready for
school” even when school isn’t in session to improve your time. When kids have breaks from
school, it can be a challenge getting back to the routine, so take a couple days before the first
day they return to practice your daily plan.
Being a parent is fulfilling work, but it can be overwhelming. One of the biggest daily
responsibilities is ensuring that kids are ready to have a solid day at school. Students who are at
school on time with adequate rest and sufficient energy are ready to work and learn. Make
mornings easier by finding a healthy daily routine and training the entire house to build habits
that promote high school attendance and success.