Make Your Day Smoother | Mornings & Nights with your kindergartener

Get Homework and Papers Signed and Ready

Once homework is finished, look through your child's homework binder for papers that need to be signed and returned. When finished, place everything back in the binder and in the backpack so you are not frantically searching for papers the next morning. Read all important papers the night before so you have time to read and sort through them all. Around holidays and the beginning/end of the school year you will receive an influx of papers to sign and look over. Please take time to sit and read these the night before.

Lay Out Clothes the Night Before School

My child was once in kindergarten too. Throughout my experiences with her going to school, I've realized how important it is to pick out outfits the night before instead of the morning of school. This avoids temper tantrums the morning of school and allows for an easy routine.

Make Lunches the Night Before

Making lunches the night before can give you an easy morning and less stress while everybody is getting out the door. Make it a routine that either you or your child grabs the lunch box in the morning, so you know who is responsible for it.

Put Your Child to Bed On Time

According to, children ages 5-12 need at least 10-11 hours of sleep per night. In order for your child to feel rested in the morning, create a nightly routine so your child can easily follow the steps in getting ready for bed. This ritual will help your child relax before bedtime, fall asleep, then sleep well through the night. Here's a good routine to follow as stated by

  1. Have a light snack.
  2. Take a bath.
  3. Put on pajamas.
  4. Brush teeth.
  5. Read a story.
  6. Make sure the room is quiet and at a comfortable temperature.
  7. Put your child to bed.
  8. Say goodnight and leave.

Also, make bedtime the same time every night without TVs or videos.
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