A morning checklist

Things to do every weekday afternoon or evening:

  • Watch the weather report on the evening news and use the information to plan outerwear for the morning.
  • Organize children's clothing into complete outfits that are acceptable for school. Let children help as much as possible or encourage them to do it themselves. Include shoes, socks, underwear, a jacket (if needed) and any accessories such as barrettes, belts or jewelry. (Use a list until everyone remembers just what needs to be set out.) You can put everything in Zip-loc-style bags or just fold or hang the items together. If you have trouble picking outfits in the morning, you can organize your clothing this way as well.
  • Lay out all items that will be taken to work or school. Book bags should be packed, diaper bags replenished, and homework completed before bedtime! Make sure any forms or permission slips (or money or whatever) are packed.
  • Set the table for breakfast. If you can put child-friendly (light) pitchers of milk and juice in the fridge, children can make their own cold-cereal breakfasts, freeing you for other things.
  • Prepare lunches. Any lunch that will survive a morning in a locker will survive a night in the refrigerator. You may want to save a shelf in the fridge for lunches. Or put lunch money into envelopes in book bags.
  • Give baths in the evening, if possible -- more hot water, more time.
  • Follow your schedule!
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