Surviving the morning rush

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Morning Madness

And… we’re back to school! Mixed feelings regarding saying goodbye to lazy summer days aside, let’s face it, getting our children out of the house and off to school can be an especially daunting task. Here are six tips we find help make walking out the door in the morning a tad easier.

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    Establish a bedtime routine that will help with a smooth morning. A well-planned bedtime can make for an easier morning. Make sure your child has laid out their clothes, and filled their backpack before turning in for the night.
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    Set your alarm 15 minutes earlier than you think you need to get up. I will admit I am a snooze button fan. If you love to hit the button too, make sure you add that extra time when you set the alarm. This will avoid any undue rushing around because you took an extra 9 minutes to get out of bed.
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    Post a calendar with school events, after school activities and evening commitments. To ensure your child has everything for the next day, review a calendar before they go to bed. Finding the missing soccer cleat is much easier the night before than when you are trying to get out of the door in the morning.
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    Make sure all school-related papers are put to bed when your child goes to bed. All homework, permission slips, book orders and supplies should be put into your child’s backpack before they head to bed.
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    Take at least 5 minutes for a sit down breakfast. Sometimes mornings don’t allow for sit down breakfasts but that’s no excuse to skimp on the nutrition or some quality time with your child before they head to school. Kids need nutrients such as Zinc, Iron and Calcium to thrive at school. So make sure to take 5 minutes and sit down for a quick breakfast that includes the right food such as cereal bars, a glass of Nido fortified milk, Blueberry/Dried fruit English muffins, or a variety of sliced fruits.
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    When all else fails, smile because they will only be young for so long. They grow up fast so make sure you take a moment to enjoy the hustle of the morning because before you know it, they’ll be out of the house.