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Podcast Ep 5: Tips for Chaos Free School Mornings
Grace Based Families

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Podcast #5-7 Back to School Hacks for Parents

“Our kids are a big enough “why” for us. They are worth the exasperation, the repeated requests, the constant mistakes, the anger, the tears, the worry, the heartache and the embarrassment. Add up all the liabilities that go with developing discipline in their lives and they are still worth it.” – Tim Kimmel in RKTR

This checklist serves as a simple strategy for chaos-free mornings, but it’s important to keep in mind we are beefing up their “discipline muscle” from an immature kid into a mature adult.

1. Create a “launch pad” near the entrance/exit of your home. This is where backpacks, important papers, keys and necessary items for work and school can be prepped and set out for leaving the house on busy mornings. Have all family members prep their launch pad items the night before.

2. Shower or bathe the night before. Styling hair in the morning (for both girls and boys) can be more involved for certain hair types and styles. 

3. Lay out clothes, including matching socks (help us Jesus,) underwear and shoes the night before. You could go one step further, as a veteran mom once told me, and just have the kids sleep in their school clothes! 

4. Make lunches the night before. Have your kids help with this. When kids choose and prep their own food, they are more likely to eat it. PB&J sandwiches freeze well. You can make a huge batch and then just throw one in the lunch box in the morning. 

5. Prep some easy breakfast options and post a menu in the kitchen. Hard boiled eggs are great. Also, it’s so easy to make a huge batch of silver dollar pancakes and freeze them ahead of time. Use your imagination and this can be really fun!

6. Make and post lists. Every family’s needs are different, so you will need to brainstorm what will work best for you. For our family, I have a “recurring tasks” list and a “special tasks” list. I use poster board and post the recurring task list in bedrooms, hallway, bathroom and kitchen. For people who don’t struggle with focus and attention, it might seem silly, but our recurring task list says things as obvious as, “get dressed down to your shoes, brush teeth, brush hair, deodorant, eat breakfast, put lunchbox in backpack…” Our special task lists is for things that don’t necessarily happen every day but are important to remember and we make them the night before and put them on Post-It’s on our launch pad. They say things like, “sports participation form, extra Gatorade, choir costume…” 

7. Wake up 20 minutes earlier than you think you need to. Even with the best planning and preparation, unforeseen circumstances can throw the entire morning off track. Teaching everyone to get up just a little bit earlier than they think they need to can give you extra time to deal with any unplanned issues. On issue-free mornings, an earlier wake up allows for a more relaxed pace and sets everyone on a more peaceful start to the day.

::Bonus Tip::

8. Take time to pray for and bless your kids. A quick word of encouragement and a brief prayer from you in the morning before they leave for school can be one of the most powerful ways that you can communicate to your kids that they are loved, that they were created for a purpose and they can put their hope in the Lord to carry them through all the challenges that come their way.

Remember we are parenting on purpose and building our children’s character

Resources and Links:

-To learn more about building character into your kids’ hearts, both online and offline, check out Dr. Tim Kimmel’s book, Raising Kids Who Turn Out Right.

-Read the blog post that inspired this episode. 

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