Parent Watercooler: Weekday Mornings

Melissa & Doug Blog AmbassadorPrepping for school in the morning is a high-point of stress for many parents. You’re battling the clock while trying to keep your sanity. As children grow from kindergarten to early elementary school students, their daily responsibilities evolve. Their morning routine begins to include: homework assignments, school library books, milk money and more.

“The essence of independence is to be able to do something for one’s self.” {Maria Montessori} Tweet This

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How to do you grow strong children and still ensure your morning goes smoothly?

Give your child tools to succeed! Show your kids that school and organization are important by creating tools that facilitate a morning routine.

Below are three tips for getting a school prep zone started:

1. Create a designated area. Children are more likely to keep track of items that have an assigned place. We recommend hooks for jackets & backpacks. Consider baskets or cubicles for shoes, homework, and gear for after-school activities. Click here to learn about how we set-up our family’s prep zone.

2. Get the kids involved. Allow your child the ability to make choices and they will feel empowered. They are also more likely to utilize the area if they help create it. The trick is to offer your child two choices you are okay with:

  • Which hooks do you like better? These or these? *Hold up two styles you like.
  • How high should we hang the hooks? Here or here?
  • Do you want to keep your mittens on the hooks or in the cubbies?
  • Where do you want to keep your school library books? On the top shelf of the cubbie or the bottom?
Hearts Door Plaque

Hearts Door Plaque

3. Create a feeling of ownership. Give your child complete ownership by allowing them to “put their name on it.” You can find these adorable wooden door plaques online here at MelissaAndDoug.com. We decided to re-purpose them for our project. Our girls smile ear to ear as they claimed their designated cubicles.

You’re set for success! Of course, following through with using the designated tools can be challenging. Stop by Let’s Lasso the Moon for tips on how to avoid arguments and get your child to prep their school items independently.

Do you have any additional morning tips or tricks to share? What grade is your little one in? Let’s chat below.

PS: How cute is this collection? Find these Door Plaques online here.

Melissa & Doug Door Plaques

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Zina from Let's Lasso the MoonThese creative organizational tips are brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington.  Zina is the author of Let’s Lasso the Moon, where she inspires parents and children to interact creatively and enjoy the beauty of everyday moments.

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