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Getting the kids ready for school in the morning is never an easy task. Between waking them up, making sure they brush their teeth, and making sure they dress properly, it can sometimes seem impossible. Staying on top of all those tasks while getting the kids to school on time is a challenge for parents all over, but there are several ways to make getting your kids ready for school an easier task.

Establish a routine. 

Kids and routines go together like peas and carrots, so establishing one early on will make every morning run smoothly. A good routine starts with a reasonable bedtime so they wake up refreshed and ready to tackle the day.

Do as much as possible the night before. 

Even with your morning brew, it can be quite difficult to accomplish every task required on school mornings in such a short amount of time. Try doing things the night before, such as preparing lunches, setting out school clothes, and packing book bags.

Make Sure They Keep A Strict Bedtime

With holiday breaks around the corner, bedtimes often become a thing of the past. Days are consumed with plenty of activities, which may mean staying up later than usual. To make those early mornings a bit easier, make sure they continue using their normal bedtime all throughout the break, otherwise, it will not be fun getting them back on track.

Keep things fun. 

The time spent getting the kids ready for school in the morning may be hectic, but it’s still valuable time with your children. Be sure to keep things fun and entertaining by playing some games at the bus stop or on the drive to school. Sing songs, turn on their favorite music while they’re getting dressed, allow them to watch a short cartoon, or give them a few extra moments to cuddle with you and their favorite stuffed animals before heading out the door. This will allow them to have a fun start to the day, keeping them energized and happy throughout the school day.

Offer rewards. 

While this might not be the route you’ll want to take, try offering a reward in order to get things going in the morning. Something as simple as a quick trip for breakfast on the way to school once a week or a reasonable allowance might be enough to keep them motivated.