Dropping your child off for school each morning can be a frenzied experience, to put it mildly. By the time your car pulls up to the drop off lane, you have already rushed to wake the kids up, made them breakfast, checked multiple times to make sure they’ve brushed their teeth, gotten them dressed, and ensured that they had backpacks and lunches, ready to go. Other than hiring a personal assistant, there are steps you can take to make the morning drop-off less hectic and more enjoyable for all.
- Don’t procrastinate. Anything that can be taken care of the night before should be. As soon as your family is in for the evening, go through backpacks, binders, and planners to check for homework or forms that may require your signature. Before your child goes to bed, have him or her set out their clothes for the next day. Before you go to bed, pack lunches and have them stashed in the refrigerator for the morning. The more you do ahead of time, the less rushed you’ll feel before getting the kids into the car.
- Be consistent. While we want our children to be adaptable, consistency is ideal when it comes to school. Make sure they know the routine: “We will all be in the car – teeth brushed and shoes tied – by 7:45.” Make sure you are modeling consistency as well; it’s hard to expect your children to stick to the routine if you are hopping into the car with a piece of toast at 8:00.
- Use travel time to get your kids ready and excited for the day ahead. Ask them what they think they’re going to do, what they want to learn, who they’re most excited to see. Avoid negativity (“You better not get caught with your phone again, today!”) and stick to topics that the kids enjoy. Getting them into the right frame of mind from the start will help them continue to feel encouraged throughout the day.
- Establish a goodbye ritual. Lengthy, tearful goodbyes are the last thing you and your children need. Instead, think of a quick gesture (such as a fist-bump) or saying (“Every day is a great day!”) that mentally transitions them from family time to school time.
- Stick to the plan. The doors at St. Philip Lutheran School open for students at 8:15. Make sure you drop off your child at the west entrance in plenty of time to socialize, get to class, and get settled before classes begin at 8:30. Adhering to the established drop-off procedures will not only get your son or daughter to class on time, it will also get you on your way in time to start your own day.
If you have questions about our drop-off procedures or have special circumstances that you might require your child to use another entrance (such as the use of crutches or a wheelchair), feel free to contact us at any time. We want you and your children to start every day in the best possible way.