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Parents, Do You Want a Smoother Morning?

Dos and Don'ts

Principal Wockenfuss's Back to School Tips: Dos and Don'ts for a Smoother Morning


  • Get your groove on. Play some music to get the kids going.
  • Let the dog wake up the kid. Usually kids respond better to the dog than a parent.
  • Have kids pick out clothes the night before.
  • Create a flip chart or checklist for kids to follow every morning.
  • Sit down and have breakfast together.
  • Hold Sunday night family meetings to let everyone know what is on the calendar for the upcoming week.
  • Take care of as much business as possible the night before. (check homework, make lunches, pack backpacks, etc.)
  • Keep a stash of emergency items in the car, such as paper, pencils, pens, ponytail holders, and safety pins.
  • Turn off the TV on school nights.
  • At least limit TV viewing and other sceen time.



  • Turn on the TV in the morning.
  • Let kids play video games before school.
  • Assume there will be time in the morning for finishing homework.

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