How you start your morning can set the tone for your whole day. But between kids and their school schedules, your work, and household duties, it’s easy to get off on the wrong foot. Here are our tips for avoiding the dreaded morning madness and making the most out of each day:
Start Prepping the Night Before
The more prepared you are, the better off you’ll be. So why not start preparing as early as possible? To make a hectic day go smoother, the best thing to do for yourself is to start getting ready for it the night before. What meals will you cook, what lessons are you planning for tomorrow, what appointments do you have? Take a few minutes the night before to make an outline of the day that you can follow to make sure you’re staying on track and that you have everything you need.
Create a Consistent Routine
Establishing a consistent routine each weekday is a great tool against fighting morning madness. Set your alarm and make sure you’re starting your day at the same time each morning, that you’re starting lesson plans and giving breaks on a regular schedule for your children. Not only will it make you feel more organized, but it will help your children stay focused as well. It may be difficult to stick to a schedule at first but once you find your groove it will give you happier, more productive days with your family.
Get Help Around the House
At the end of a hard day, the last thing you want is to be drowning in chores. Luckily, there’s an easy solution that actually has more benefits than you’d think: assigning some chores to your children. Depending on their age, it’s a good idea to have your kids start doing small tasks to help around the house. Tidying their room, separating their laundry, helping with the dishes. It doesn’t have to be anything major, but it saves you a little bit of time each morning and teaches your children some good life skills in the process.
Find a Supportive Community
Homeschooling can sometimes feel like a solitary activity for parents and children, but it doesn’t have to be that way. There are so many resources out there for homeschool children and parents, networks of other homeschool families to seek advice from, and extracurricular activities your child can participate in. For families in South Carolina, the SC Association of Independent Home Schools is a great resource. SCAIHS has counselors ready to answer your questions and guide you and your children through the homeschooling process with ease. Reach out today to get started.