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Back to School: Tips for Creating a Morning Routine

“School Year’s Eve” can be a tough night for families. It is a rude awakening that another summer has passed and the countdown until summer vacation has been reset. Our best advice for a smooth transition…be a fan of the plan. Remove the chaos from getting ready for school each morning by creating a routine […]

“School Year’s Eve” can be a tough night for families. It is a rude awakening that another summer has passed and the countdown until summer vacation has been reset. Our best advice for a smooth transition…be a fan of the plan. Remove the chaos from getting ready for school each morning by creating a routine and staying organized.


Have a Morning Routine

I may not be a mom yet but as the oldest of 12 cousins I have been around enough children to know kids need a schedule and often look forward to it. By creating a morning routine you help yourself and your children to get out of the house in a happy and timely manner. From keeping a consistent wake up time to developing a morning ritual of tasks you will have a better chance of getting out of the door without morning tears or feeling like you got up from the wrong side of the bed. The example on the right provides a look into how Jen from iheartorganizing.blogspot.com established a consistent morning routine in her home.

We love the idea of including lunch/school work/backpack as reminders for the important things to remember in the morning. The only change we would make is swapping brush teeth with eating; 1) Your kids will have cleaner teeth for the day and 2) Spills happen! Let them eat in their pjs and THEN get dressed for school!

What do you include in your routine?



Create a Lunch Menu

As expected Martha Stewart is the go to woman for easy DIY ideas for home and this one is great for back to school. According to Martha “A kid may be more likely to enjoy their lunch if they help choose the menu. When they use this magnetic chart to map out their meals for the week, it saves time and helps make grocery shopping easier. ”

We think this a great idea for so many reasons! First and foremost it is fun for your children but educational at the same time. This chart allows them to create a nutritionally balanced meal and teaches them a lunch must include a sandwich or something similar, fruit/vegetable and snack. By providing options there is a greater chance that their lunchbox isn’t coming back full with food they didn’t like.

Make their lunch extra special by including a note or small gift. My husband still talks about how his mom left him baseball cards in his lunchbox and I still have notes saved from my mom. A simple “Hope you are having a great day” means the world to a child and is your way of letting them you know are thinking about them mid-day.



Create an Outfit Organizer

Lucky for my mom I went to private school from preschool to eighth grade so there was no room for discussion about what to wear each morning. We did get a small taste of what it was like to plan outfits on “dress down days” and I completely understand why it could be a nightmare for parents in the morning.

A former coworker used to entertain me with stories of her 8 year old daughter trying to dress herself in the morning and by the look of her face by 9 AM, I learned there’s nothing like a morning argument over what to wear. It just ruins the day. Bottom line…a tutu over leggings is NOT an acceptable outfit for school!

Having outfits ready to go will keep the morning running smoothly and help you to get out the door on time without your child looking like they are off to a Halloween costume contest, rather than school. We love this example from Tonia from thegunnysack.com. Click on the photo for her step by step on how to make this simple Closet Organizer.

It’s That Time of the Year Again

3 Easy Back to School Breakfast Recipes

We know school mornings can be challenging, but we also know how important it is to have a healthy and delicious breakfast! These 3 recipes will get your day started the right way.

We know that waking up can be hard to do during the week – especially as the school year kicks back into gear. We’ve already discussed the importance of a well plannedmorning routine, and having a hearty breakfast is at the top of the list! Here are some delicious & easy breakfast recipes that will make sure you and your family leave home full, energized, and ready to take on the day!

Avocado Toast


This hearty & delicious breakfast is as easy as mashing up a ripe avocado & spreading it on toasted bread. Sprinkle some red pepper flakes on top for a kick, or top with a fried egg for extra protein! Approximate prep time: 5 minutes

Yogurt, Fruit & Granola Parfait


This breakfast looks fancy, but in reality takes no time at all to prepare! This parfait is packed with yummy ingredients that will keep you full and satisfied. Layer your favorite yogurt with granola and fruit and enjoy! Rushing out the door? Put it in a sealed mason jar to make it travel-friendly! Approximate prep time: Under 5 minutes

Overnight Oats


The beauty of this breakfast (aside from how incredibly delicious it is!) is the fact that you can prepare this the night before and not have to spend any time on it in the morning at all… aside from, you know, actually eating it. There are hundreds of recipes for varieties of overnight oats, but this peanut butter & banana version tends to be a big crowd-pleaser. Bonus points for this recipe being vegan & gluten-free! Approximate prep time: 10 minutes

Mash Team Home Tip of the Day: Here’s help To Stop Forgetting Your Lunch at Home

For those of you that Brown Bag a lunch every day,  only to get to work and realize you forgot it at home.  Here’s a great tip.  Put your keys in the fridge with the bag. Dud, why didn’t I think of that.

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Its That Time of Year Again.  Help Prepare Your Child For Back To School

  • Re-establish school routines by helping the kids get up and dressed at the same time every morning.
  • Eat meals and snacks around the same time as when the kids are in school.
  • Try and get the kids out the door around the same time as during the school year. Try going to the park, or go for a walk so that they are used to being ready to leave for the bus or walk to school.  Don’t forget to re-establish bedtime routines again.
  • Nurture Independence by having your child organize their school backpack,  practice writing your child’s name and tying shoe laces
  • Designate a place where school things like backpacks and lunch boxes go to avoid last minute morning rushes.
  • Setup time and place to do homework.
  • Plan after school activities or programs
  • Lineup someone to care for the child if he or she is ill.
  • Meet the child’s teacher and about their approach to Homework.
  • Sit down with your child and create a schedule for homework, TV Time, Video, Playtime and Bedtime Routine.

If you are new to the Durham Region, click on the link below for information on schools in your area.

Durham Catholic School Board

Durham District School Board