I know 30 minutes, that is hardly any time. But when the bus comes at 7:30 a.m., I want my son to get as much sleep as possible so I let him sleep til the last minute. We make it work because I was tired of chaotic mornings, so now we have a strict morning schedule that I stick to.
Our 30-minute morning routine would not be possible without our evening prep. We lay out clothes and have his backpack packed and ready. Then we start bath at 7:00 p.m., then get pajamas on, brush teeth, and read for 15 minutes. Lights out by 8:00 p.m. He is one that needs a long night’s sleep to wake up early— he has to wake by 7:00 a.m.
I start slowly waking up Jacob at 6:45 a.m., if he is not already up. He usually needs a few minutes to wake so this allows time to get out of bed by 7:00 a.m. sharp. If he is really having a tough time waking up, I have the dog jump on the bed and give him a kiss, he loves when she wakes him up.
We immediately head downstairs for breakfast—no time to waste—the clock has started. Breakfast lasts about 15 minutes. He will have cereal, waffles, or a bagel with a side of vanilla Greek yogurt and fruit. If he is having cold lunch that day, I pack his lunch while he eats breakfast or before he wakes up.
After breakfast we head upstairs to brush teeth, wash face, and get dressed. This takes 10 minutes or less. This puts us at about 7:25 a.m. Then from there he gets his shoes and backpack on and we head out the front door and he catches the bus.
Yes, I have a backup plan since our routine does not have anytime to spare. If waking up is a real struggle, I let him stay in bed till 7:20 a.m. We race to get dressed and run a toothbrush over those teeth. My motivation to get him out of bed is he gets to have breakfast at school—to him that is huge treat!
Generally, we stay on track with our routine. It was not always this way—I used to allow TV while breakfast was being served or playtime while I was making breakfast. Once I stopped doing those things, 30 minutes has worked for us. I keep the same routine every morning so he knows what to expect and goes with the flow. If he is ready in 20 minutes then he gets 10 minute of play time before school.
Being a parent is work! One thing I have nailed down is the before school morning routine. What is something you have nailed as a parent? Us parents need to give ourselves credit for the things we are great at! It is easy to say I am not good at this, or I am not a perfect parent…etc.