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Where are my shoes? I cant find my backpack! What parent hasnt heard these words? School and workday mornings can be stressful for everyone, but a rough morning can have a day-long effect on your child. Setting up a morning routine can help alleviate chaos and get your child in the right fr...

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Tips for a Stress-Free School Morning Routine

Posted by: Connie McCarthy on Aug 20, 2009 in Organization, Connie McCarthy


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"Where are my shoes?" "I can't find my backpack!" What parent hasn't heard these words? School and workday mornings can be stressful for everyone, but a rough morning can have a day-long effect on your child. Setting up a morning routine can help alleviate chaos and get your child in the right frame of mind to pay attention and learn more at school.

Organization is key to success in the morning! Make important items easy to locate. If you child can easily find necessary items, the morning “rush” will ease, and self-esteem will soar. Here are five tips that will help with organization and establishing school routines:

  1. Try color-coding bureau drawers. Use small colored stickers or pieces of construction paper. Socks in the “red” drawer, shirts in the “yellow” drawer, etc.
  2. Color-code the closet as well. Hang all the “pinks together, hang all the “blues,” etc. This makes finding clothes so much easier!
  3. If your child misplaces things, like their sneakers, try tracing and cutting out the outline of their sneakers on construction or contact paper. Then tape the tracings on their closet floor. Before bed each night make sure the shoes are sitting on their “feet” in the closet. (The same can be done for lunch boxes, backpacks, boots, etc.) A bedtime routine can also help reduce stress the next morning.
  4. Set aside at least 15-20 minutes to read together at bedtime. This can be done by a parent or an older sibling. This short period of individual attention usually calms a child, and eliminates the "getting up" questions that often follow just going to bed.
  5. Make bedtime the same time every night during the school week, even if your child doesn't go to sleep right away. This establishes a bedtime "pattern."

A good morning routine can instill the importance of organization in your child, and help him or her stay organized and focused during the school day.

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  1. Posted by - Melissa Smith on Apr. 24, 2013

    I DO strongly belive that yoga should be mandortary in public schools for students,adminstrators and educators.In the same routine after the morning salute of the flag at least 10-15 minutes.Everyone is carrying other Anxietys off campus.
  2. Posted by - Lawrence A. Young on Dec. 10, 2012

    It has been obvious to me for the five years that I have been working as a yoga teacher and volunteer that the stress level of the school community has been considerably high. There is much negative energy being shared among the student population in conjuntion with the teachers and administrative and support staff. To implement the simple practice of yoga for relaxation and releving stress would be more than helpfull. Therefore, I suggest that every and all students and staff be given the opportunity to learn this ancient self-help method at sometime during thje day. I am sure that you will find that love and kindness will increase among the members of the school community.

    Namaste
  3. Posted by - ANNE on Aug. 25, 2009

    Allow enough time in the morning! Most children don!t respond well to being pushed

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