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Camille Styles

Do These 5 Things for a Happy, Stress-Free School Morning Routine

September 4th, 2018

As my wise friend Rachel shared on Instagram last week, “First of all, you’ve GOT this! I know it’s stressful. I know it’s emotional but you’re doing just great. Take a deep breath. Know that you’re doing the best you can. Know that they’ll be just fine, even if you forget the permission slip or the bus schedule or they refuse to brush their hair on the first day.”

In other words, mornings aren’t perfect. They’re not some tidy routine that we can check off and tie up in a neat little bow as we all head out into the day – especially when kids are involved, since inevitably something gets forgotten or someone melts down, and all our well-made plans go off the rails. Let’s be real, sometimes just getting them out the door bathed and fed should be considered a major success! I do believe that mornings are an especially important time to set the tone for the rest of the day as we’ve talked about here and here, and it’s as true for kids as it is for adults. I’ve learned from experience (ie. through royally screwing it up) that a chaotic morning makes for a chaotic day, and when I tell my kids to “hurry up” more times than I can count, we all feel pretty crappy by the time we get in the car. This year I’m making it a major goal to practice these healthy habits that will get us closer than ever to happy, stress-free mornings – and get us to school before the tardy bell rings!

photos by Hannah Haston, in partnership with our friends at abercrombie kids. Make sure to check out the last day of their 40% off sale (ends today 9/4!)

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  1. Laura says:

    Love your intentions for the day and the way that you work on teaching your kids to be kind. Kudos, Camille!

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