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Kindergarten - Grade 9 in Southborough, MA
Parenting Advice

How to: Master the Morning Routine

Four Tips for a More Organized Morning

If your family has been having “one of those mornings” a little too often lately, it might be time to retool your before-school routine. Establishing just a couple of new habits with your child can make a big difference in their morning! Sally Supinski, Fay’s Director of Learning Services, shares tips for streamlining your child’s routine so they head off to school calm, organized, and ready to have a great day.

Complete a checklist the night before

Great mornings start with organized evenings. Give your child a checklist of tasks to complete before bed that includes choosing their clothing and packing their backpack with everything they need for the next day. Complete all time-consuming and decision-making tasks the night before.

Unplug for Bedtime

Make sleep hygiene a priority by removing all screens from your child’s room at least an hour before bedtime. Work backward from their wake-up time to set a bedtime that ensures they get enough sleep. A good night’s sleep will boost your child’s morning mood, ability to focus, and overall health.

No Snoozing on School Days

Pressing the snooze button is a bad idea for kids (and parents) during the school week. Stick to a morning wake-up time and save the snooze button for a weekend treat.

Time it

Time is at a premium in the mornings. If your child has trouble with time management, set appropriate chunks of time to accomplish each morning task and use a timer to keep them on track. 

About Fay School

Fay School was founded in 1866 and is the oldest junior boarding school in the United States. Our 66-acre campus is located in Southborough, MA, just 25 miles from Boston. Our community includes 475 students in kindergarten through grade nine and includes 150 boarders in grades 7-9  from across the United States and over 20 countries. Fay is recognized around the world for its superior educational program, and our graduates are accepted to top secondary schools. Fay's program empowers students to discover their talents, develop their intellectual abilities, establish essential academic skills and knowledge, and define their moral character - all essential to living a life of meaning and making a positive difference in the world.

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