We always start the school year strong.
Everyone has healthy, interesting lunches packed the night before. I make good, hearty-but-also-healthy breakfasts in the morning. Clothes are laid out, washed (sometimes even ironed), and ready for the morning, along with matching socks, hair bows, and other accessories. We shower regularly.
And about a month and a half into the school year, the wheels fall off and we go back to our normal selves — hollering at each other to get out of the bathroom, fishing clean underwear out of the dryer, and eating stale hotdog buns slathered in peanut butter and jelly for lunch.
We aim high, though, and one of these years we’ll get there. Probably when everyone leaves for college.
To keep a little more on track, I made a chart for the younger kids. I’ve noticed when we use charts, I nag a little less and yell a little less, because the kids don’t need constant reminding. They also really like checking things off as they do them (full confession: so do I. Makes me feel like I’m gettin’ stuff done.)
So I made a free printable chart of everything that needs to happen before school. You could print one for each day, or you could print one, laminate it or put it in a clear glass frame, and let the kids mark each item off with a dry erase marker as they do it. It might make mornings a teeny bit less crazy.