The Secret to Successful School Mornings + Free Printable Morning Routine Checklist

Mornings can be tough, even if you’re a morning person! Chances are, your kiddos are either bouncing off the walls before sunrise…or impossible to budge, blaring alarm be darned.

Busy mornings can feel like total chaos at any house. (Been there!) Everyone’s trying to get ready, eating breakfast, brushing teeth (or forgetting to), and looking all over for a mysteriously missing shoe or folder.

Mom feels bad for getting snippy at the kids, the kids are annoyed because they’re still groggy and they can’t find what they need, and Dad’s frustrated because he’s trying to get himself out the door, too. Oh, and somehow no one took the dog out!

Basically, mornings can be a hot mess.

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So what’s a busy mom to do?

Morning Routine Checklist

Make your family’s mornings easier with a simple printable morning routine checklist! If you’ve ever wished for a simple morning routine checklist, this checklist is your answer. (Anyone who’s driven back home to pick up a forgotten item knows exactly what I’m talking about!) This morning routine checklist provides a step-by-step plan to follow so your mornings will run on autopilot.

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No more wracking our sleep-fogged brains, trying to figure out WHAT we might be forgetting as we run out the door (like lunch)! It’s all here, ready for reference. This morning routine checklist can also help prevent distractions. (Watching TV while eating cereal? Not on the morning list.)

A few options for using this printable morning routine list:

  • Print it out, laminate it, and post it up by the door or in the kids’ bathroom.
  • Print out a copy every week. (You can save on ink if you use the HP Instant Ink program.)
  • Print it out, frame it, and use a dry-erase marker to check it off each day.

This list helps kiddos focus on the basics from brushing their teeth to finding their way out the door. Your teens might even have a chance to actually eat breakfast (as opposed to tossing a granola bar in their backpack).

Morning routines help build life-long habits—and habits make life SO much easier! Just like we, as adults, drink a glass of water in the morning, turn on the coffeemaker and read the news, kids need a plan to help them successfully navigate each morning.

When you implement this routine, help kids ease into it, as they might not embrace the change right away. Some kids love the help while others might not be into the idea of using a morning routine checklist until they see how much it helps them have more successful mornings.

Set a goal to be out the door on time all week long. If necessary, offer a reward to get the whole family on board (pizza night, a favorite family activity, or bonus points toward a privilege they’ve been trying to earn).

ESTABLISHING A MORNING ROUTINE HELPS:

Kids Build Confidence

They’re no longer embarrassed about showing up late for school, unprepared or not looking their best.

Eliminate Morning Stress

No more stressful mornings trying to get out the door! No one’s angry or upset in the morning, so everyone starts the day in a positive mood.

The Whole Day Run More Smoothly

When mornings are successful, they set up the rest of the day for success. Permission slips are remembered, homework is turned in, and things just “go” better!

Kids Sleep Better

When kids know exactly how much time they need to get out the door in the mornings, they can sleep soundly knowing they won’t be waking up to chaos. They’ll fall asleep easier, too!

All kids can benefit from a regular morning routine. (Adults too, for that matter!) Routines help kids do better in school, get a great start to the day, and be more successful overall. Help your kids establish their morning routine by using this easy-to-use printable so they can follow along.

The kids build great morning habits while YOU will experience less stress—sounds great to me! Try adopting a morning routine today!


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      1. Hi! Could you email the morning one and the bedtime routine one? I put my email address in the slot of send the morning one to my email and it still isn’t showing up in my inbox.

  1. Thanks for the morning one, its great. Could you send me the evening routine as well? Thank you!

  2. Could you send me the morning and evening routines please? I put my email in the box and hit send and never received them.

    Thank you!

  3. Could you please send me that evening routine checklist? I would greatly appreciate it. I’ve already requested the morning routine checklist.

  4. Is there a way to access the night time routine that goes with this one? This has been a life saver in my household of 6! Thank you 🙂

  5. I would love the evening routine list as well! Love your website and thanks so much for sharing. I’ll stick around and check out the rest of your site.

  6. I would love the evening routine list as well! Love your website and thanks so much for sharing. I’ll stick around and check out the rest of your site.

  7. Love these lists! I submitted my email but never received the list. Would you be so kind as to share it with me, as well as the evening and after school ones if you don’t mind!? Thank you so much!

    1. Love these lists! I submitted my email but never received the list. Would you be so kind as to share it with me, as well as the evening and after school ones if you don’t mind!? Thank you so much! – UPDATE – GOT THE MORNING ONE! IT IS AWESOME _ WOULD APPRECIATE THE OTHER ONES IF YOU WOULDN’T MIND THE EFFORT IN SENDING! TY!

  8. I signed up for the checklists but haven’t received anything. Could you please email me the morning and night time customizable checklists? thank you!

  9. I’ve just found your Morning Checklist and LOVE IT! May I also have the after school and evening version please? Thanks!

  10. Hello im wondering if you have one of these for After school and another for bedtime. if you have could you please email to me
    Many Thanks

  11. Greetings, Heather. I was wondering if you could email me a “Nighttime Routine” in the same color format? Thanks so much.

  12. Hello! Love this. Im wondering if you have one of these for After school and another for bedtime. if you have could you please email to me
    Many Thanks!!!!

  13. Hi! Thank you for the morning routine printable! Do you offer a coordinating nighttime (and afternoon) routine checklist? If so would you please direct me to where to find them? Thanks in advance for you time!