Tomorrow is D Day, the start of a new school year and the beginning of the back to school chaos. These holidays seem to have flown by and I’ve enjoyed them more than I had imagined I would! The house is reasonably in order for a change and I’m ready for the kids to get back into some routine. Here is my basic daily routine for back to school.
Our Families Morning, Evening & School Routine
A Bit About My Family & Our Home
To give you some context for our routines I thought I should share a bit about our family and home. Obviously every family and home is different so depending on your family dynamics, ages and home set up work out what routine works best for you.
Me: Up until very recently I’ve been at home full time with the kids while running my business from home. I have recently started working again part time outside the home three days a fortnight (I’m a Clinical Audiologist by profession).
Hubby: My husband works full time outside the home, he leaves the house well before anyone is up and gets home most nights right in time for the bath/books/bed routine.
Our Boys: We have three little boys aged seven, four and one. Mr 1 is home full time, Mr 4 is in preschool two days a week and Mr 7 is in Year 2 at school.
Our Home: We moved almost 18 months ago and our home is small but functional. The big boys share a bedroom and the baby has his own small bedroom. My hubby and I have the other bedroom and we have another bedroom that is used as a playroom.
We all share one small living/dining area and kitchen space. We have a good sized yard and outdoor patio. We are currently significantly lacking in storage but otherwise we are well set up for family life. We don’t have space for fancy bag organisation stations or anything like that (as much as I’d love it!) so our general rule is that toys live in the playroom and clothes/bags go in the bedrooms.
Back To School Evening Routine
So you’re probably wondering why I’m starting with the evening routine?! Well the truth is, the success of my morning routine comes down to my evening routine!
Every evening I get the kids clothes out for the next day (they are now old enough to help with this) and I pack lunches. If I’m working I also get my clothes ready and pack my own lunch. Depending on who is still wrangling children, either my hubby or I pack the dishwasher and clean up the kitchen so it is ready for breakfast. We also generally hang out a load of washing. Although I know lots of people don’t like leaving washing out overnight, I’ve personally never had a problem.
If I’m feeling extra organised (or know that I’ll have a rushed morning) I’ll lay out breakfast bowls, spools and cereal containers on the bench. I also make sure all bags are packed and ready by the door.
Evening To Do:
- Bags packed
- Kids clothes out (don’t forget shoes & socks)
- Lunches packed
- Kitchen clean and tidy
Back To School Morning Routine
The rule in our house on school mornings is that the kids can have free play and/or TV time only when EVERYTHING on their morning list is done. This motivates them to get through their list quickly as they know that if they dawdle, they miss out on play time. Often my eldest will get up before me so he will get his breakfast and get dressed (on a good morning!) on his own.
Once I’m up it’s a quick shower, feed & dress the baby, help the 4-year-old get ready and remind the 7-year-old to keep moving! I try and chow down breakfast and a cup of tea before heading out the door too.
Morning To Do (kids):
- Get dressed
- PJ’s under pillow
- Make bed & tidy bedroom
- Brush teeth
- Lunchboxes & drink bottles in bags
- 10 min reading (or sometimes in the afternoon)
- Free Time
By doing everything in the evening the morning routine is much more straightforward and requires much less input from me. I am NOT a morning person so the more that gets done the night before the better 😉