A Morning School Routine That Might Actually Work For You

Getting up and out the door with kids can feel a lot like Mile 20 of a marathon. So close, yet so far. To help make your mornings more mindful and memorable, here’s a stress-free morning school routine that actually works!

Mom and 4 kids on way to school

Getting your kids ready for school in the morning can be an incredibly stressful time for both parents and kids. From fights about what to wear, what to eat and when it’s time to go, it’s easy to see how your day can get off to a bad start when there’s conflict.

As parents ourselves, we’ve found that having a routine in place drastically helps keep everyone cool, calm and collected.

In this article we’ll go over our stress-free morning school routine that includes:

  • Getting up before your kids do
  • Prepping lunch, outfits and backpacks the night before
  • Getting your kids their own alarm
  • Making a routine chart
  • Allowing time for a proper breakfast
  • Back to school gear


Sample Morning Routine

Step 1: Get Up Before Your Kids Do

We know the idea of waking up earlier than your kids sounds insane, but trust us – having your own time to drink your coffee, meditate, stretch, watch the news, eat breakfast and get dressed will make leading your pack so much easier.

Step 2: Prep the night before

While this is a morning routine, some of the actions need to happen the night before. If your kids don’t wear a uniform to school, have them pick out what they’d like to wear before they go to bed. If they do wear a uniform – make sure that it’s clean and ready to go!

Same goes for your child’s backpack. Once their homework is completed, get them to check that their bag is filled with the correct books, worksheets, change of clothes and any other specific items needed for the next day.

When it comes to packing lunches, we are huge fans of the night before prep. This can even be done while making dinner the night before. We like to choose things that won’t get yucky over night like cut carrots, sliced strawberries, granola and a whole grain turkey sandwich.

Step 3: Get your kids their own alarm

No stranger to the, ‘5 more minutes’ response we’ve often heard from our own children, we’ve found getting kids their own alarm clock gives them a sense of independence and motivates them to get up and at ‘em in the morning.

Step 4: Make a routine chart

Routine charts are particularly helpful for younger kids who need a reminder or incentive to remember to get dressed, eat breakfast, brush their teeth and grab their bags. This can be a simple checklist or a full-blown rewards chart.

Step 5: Allow time for breakfast

When you’re rushed, you’re anxious and kids can sense your anxiety. Be sure to allow at least 15 minutes for your kids to sit down and eat breakfast.


Our Favorite Back To School Gear 


Fluf Zipper Lunch Bag

Fluf Zipper Lunch Bag


Fluf Snack Pack

Fluf Good Eats Snack Pack

Snack Pack Good Eats 2 pack

Marcus & Marcus Collapsible Sandwich Wedge

Marcus Marcus Collapsible Sandwich Wedge


STATE Bags The Kane Backpack – Rainbow Stars

State Bags Kane Backpack in Rainbow Stars


Engel Zipper Backpack

Engel Backpack


STATE Bags The Kane Backpack – Girl Power

State Bags Kane Backpack in Girl Power

STATE Bags Ryder Snack Pack – Dinoflage

State Bags Ryder Lunch Box in Dinoflage


Sticky Lemon Small Pencil Case

Sticky Lemon Pencil Case Blue & Caramel

Sticky Lemon Pencil Case Blue & Caramel


Modern Twist Bowl + Lid

Modern Twist Bowl and Lid

STATE Bags Rodgers Insulated Lunchbox – Rainbow

State Bags Rodgers Lunch Box in Rainbow

State Bags Rodgers Lunch Box in Rainbow

The Kid Who Can Chore Chart

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