Simple Evening Steps For Easier Back To School Mornings
Our family has been settling into our back to school morning routine for the last few weeks. The first few days are always the roughest for us. Through some trial and error over the past few years, I’ve found some great ways to spend some time each evening preparing to make our mornings run smoother. Today, I’m sharing the three prep ideas that have had the greatest impact on our morning routines. Read on to see how we make it work, and be sure to check out the super yummy breakfast I love throwing together for my boys.
EVENING PREP IDEAS FOR EASIER BACK TO SCHOOL MORNINGS
Make Wardrobe Decisions
Since #thebigone was very young, I’ve helped him set up his wardrobe each week. When he was very young and his clothes were tiny, we used 5 shoe box size plastic containers. He and I would add a pair of socks, some underwear, pants, and a shirt to each box. Each morning before preschool, #thebigone could grab a box and get started dressing himself. Now that he’s older, his clothes don’t fit well into those little boxes, so we’ve handed them down to #thelittleone. I now use a hanging organizer in #thebigone’s closet, where I add a complete outfit in each storage space. This really cuts down on confusion and craziness during those back to school mornings when you’re still getting into a routine.
Pack Your Bags
I always fall asleep a little easier when I know the bags are packed for the next morning. #thebigone and I review what he needs to have in his bag. I take care of #thelittleone’s daycare backpack. We leave them both on a rack in the front entry of our house, with the boys’ shoes and jackets. If I have a class or work event I need to attend one morning, I’ll be careful to pack my bags the night before as well. Every night before he heads to bed, my husband packs up his laptop bag and places it directly in front of our front door. My family may be rushing around trying to get our back to school act together, but at least we know we can grab our bags and have what we need.
Put Together a Filling Breakfast
Full disclosure, guys- I am so not a morning person. Or a great cook… So breakfast at my house can be a little iffy somedays! Throw trying to adjust to a new back to school routine into the mix, and we definitely rely on toast more than we should! The last thing I want is to send my kids off for the day with empty bellies. No one’s day goes well when they start it hungry! Luckily, it’s been a lifesaver to discover overnight oats recently. I can prepare several containers of oatmeal for my family in the evening, and we wake up to a tasty breakfast!
My family’s favorite variety of overnights is definitely the Very Berry Overnight Oats I put together using TruMoo Strawberry Milk. It’s made from milk that is free from artificial growth hormones, and made with non-GMO ingredients. TruMoo Strawberry Milk is a great source of calcium as well, so I know my boys are getting what their bodies need. My picky kiddos love the flavor, so I’m able to avoid mealtime battles. No one has time for that sort of nonsense during the busy back to school season!
Make Your Own TruMoo Very Berry Overnight Oats
Makes 1 serving. Adjust accordingly if you’d like to make a larger batch for your family.
- Old fashioned oats- 1/2 cup
- TruMoo Strawberry Milk– 1/2 cup
- Assorted fresh berries- 1/2 cup
- Optional mix-ins.
- Some of our favorites: mini chocolate chips, chia seeds, ground flax, and coconut flakes.
Add oats, TruMoo Strawberry Milk, and berries to a container with a lid. (We typically use glass jars.) Mix well to combine ingredients. Add any optional extras- this is the perfect opportunity for each family member to customize their oatmeal. Store in refrigerator overnight and enjoy at breakfast. Very Berry Overnight Oats can be enjoyed warm or cold.
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How do you help your family keep back to school mornings on track? I’d love to hear your tips and tricks in the comments below!