Back to school: Five timesaving morning rituals

Ritual #4: Establish the great pick-up place

Somewhere in your child's room, preferably near the door, provide a box, table, rack, hanger, or three feet of clear floor space for the following:

  • Clothes for the next day, including:

    Shoes
    Socks
    Underwear
    Accessories
    An extra layer for cold days or chilly rooms

  • Homework materials to put into their backpack

Ritual #5: Establish a destination station

Somewhere near the front door, in a clearly visible spot, provide a separate place for each person who walks out your door in the morning (even you!). This is the destination station, where kids (and adults) can "check in" every day when they come home and "check out" every morning before they blast off. It should be a place for:

  • Keys
  • Lunch or lunch money
  • Backpacks
  • Coats and jackets
  • Umbrellas

Kids and grown-ups alike need rituals. They help define our days, structure our time and provide a sense of order that we seem to crave. Training yourself to think of organization as providing a little much-needed comfort, rather than just laying down strict rules, may help you enjoy your mornings more. And you'll get out the door on time, and in control!

 

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