8 Things Clever Parents Do for Chill Mornings

Successful mornings with kids don't just happen overnight. Follow these smart parenting tips to stop the chaos and get out the door faster.

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Clever parents make school mornings a breeze with a little advanced preparation.
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School is just around the corner (and already in full swing for some!), and with a new season comes a new schedule. You could either walk into the new school season blindly and hope everything works out, or you could follow these fail-proof tips to guarantee each morning is a success. The choice is yours!

Prep Outfits on Weekends

Outfits Organized for Each Day Inside of an Outfit Organizer

An Outfit Organizer Hanging Inside of a Closet

These outfits are folded and organized by day inside of an outfit organizer. The organizer has slots for each day of the week and hangs inside of a closet.

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

Choosing an outfit each morning is a huge timewaster. Let’s face it, no one is on top of their decision-making game that early and should be forced to put that kind of thought into anything. Prepping outfits for each day of the week on the weekend will help save a ton of time and energy that could be put elsewhere.

Keep Homework Organized

A Homework Station Houses Necessary Supplies for Homework

A Girl Pulls Items from a Homework Station

This homework station is fully outfitted for efficient homework completion. A girl is seen pulling the items she needs from the mobile rack.

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

To help your little one avoid the “my dog ate my homework” talk with their teacher, it starts at home. An organized work station for homework can save a lot of time and help you put your energy into remembering how basic math works. We suggest a mobile cart so you can wheel it to the table while working and back to the do for easy morning pickup.

Meal-Prep Healthy Breakfasts

A Glass Bowl Holding 12 Individually-Sized Soufflés

Small Pre-Made Soufflés in a Glass Bowl

These small soufflés have been meal-prepped for pre-made breakfasts. The are sitting in a glass bowl that will be stored in the refrigerator.

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

Most pre-packaged breakfast foods are a nightmare for you and your child’s health. They may taste amazing (okay, they DO taste amazing), but they can be seriously lacking in the proper nutrition you need to start your day. Meal-prepping a healthy breakfast option can be a gamechanger for your nutrition, and it means a nice, warm breakfast is ready for you every single morning!

Create Lunch-Packing Stations

Lunch Packing Drawer Full of Snacks Ready For Lunches

Girl Packing Lunch With Items From a Lunch-Packing Drawer

This girl is efficiently packing her lunch using items previously set out in a lunch-packing station. The station is situated in a cabinet drawer and is packed with snacks.

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

Whether you are a morning lunch packer or a night-before kind of person, you could benefit from this tip. Designating a drawer in your pantry and fridge for ready-to-grab lunch options will make lunch packing easy, fun and efficient!

Make Coffee on a Timer

A Coffeemaker is Filled With Water by a Man

A Man Pours Water Into a Coffeemaker

This man is standing in his kitchen pouring water into a coffeemaker. The kitchen is mostly white but features a brick accent wall to the man's right.

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

For years, coffeemakers have had built-in timer features, and we’re here to say not enough people are utilizing them. Seriously, you could be waking up to the fresh, exciting aroma of a fresh pot of coffee and you’re still not choosing to? This one speaks for itself.

Get Up and Get Ready Before Kids

Lady Looking in Mirror Brushing Hair in White Bathroom

A Lady Brushes Her Hair in a White Bathroom

A lady smiles as she looks into an octagonal mirror in a white bathroom. She is brushing her hair with a pink hairbrush and wearing a green shirt.

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Jalynn Baker

This tip may seem like a hard one, especially if you’re not a naturally early-riser, but hear us out. Even getting up 30 minutes before your kids do allows you to get so much done so you can focus your attention on setting them up for success.

Limit Morning Screen Time

Table With a Record Player and Three Phones Charging

Record Player On a Table Next To Phone Charging Station

This record player is sitting on a wooden table next to three phones. The phones are charging on top of a closed laptop.

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Jalynn Baker

With so many screens saturating your child’s day, let the morning be a break and a time to focus. Use other forms of media such as music to grab their attention but leave them open to focusing on the tasks at hand and putting their minds in a good place for the day to come.

Encourage Independence

A Dry-Erase Task List Hangs on a Refrigerator

A Girl Marks Off Tasks from a Dry-Erase Task List

This girl is marking off tasks she has completed on a dry-erase task list. The tasks appear to be morning tasks to complete before leaving for school.

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

The best way to set your child up for success in the morning and allow you to have your own successful morning is to allow and enable your child to be independent. Make a list of easy-to-do tasks and hang it on a door so they can mark tasks off as they complete them.

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