"Save My Sanity!" Morning Routines

Cynthia Dermody
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I always feel completely spoiled when it's just ME that I have to get ready in the morning, not me PLUS two additional little humans moving VEERRY SLLLOOOOWWWLY. On those rare days when my husband is home or goes in late, I can get myself showered, dressed, fed, make-uped, and out the door -- sometimes I even manage to empty the dishwasher -- in 30 minutes flat.

Otherwise, add another 40 minutes to the routine, helped by my son's dragging himself out of bed and lollygagging over his cereal. He takes about a bite a minute. It's not all his fault. He's not hungry the minute he gets up like I am. His pangs strike about 30 minutes later, usually on the ride to school. Cereal bars are great, just not everyday. I want him to eat a full-fledged, sit-down meal once in a while.

I asked moms in Advice for Moms to help me, please, find ways to get out of the house more quickly in the morning while still giving my son a healthy and quick breakfast. If he's late for school again, the principal is going to suspend me.

ChazznRoccosMom shared the great strategies she uses with her son:

1. Buy an alarm clock. We put it on the dresser across the room. If he wants the loud, obnoxious ringing to stop, he has to get up. Sitting next to the alarm every morning is his outfit/accessories for the day.

2. Make something he really loves on school mornings. (Hmm ... my little guy thinks oatmeal with brown sugar and cinnamon is a real treat!)

3. Wake him earlier than necessary. If he gets ready, shoes and all, before it's time to go, he can have the extra time to play. It always motivates my guys to hurry! They can have video games, go out to ride bikes, whatever, as long as when I say it's time to go, all they have to do is jump up.

081499 also reminded me that it's okay to offer a little less. "A lot of mornings my daughter will just have an apple with a bit of peanut butter or a cheese stick and some toast. She's just not a good eater in the morning."

She suggested a morning chart for quicker bed hopping. List the few things that need to be done in the morning and use check marks or stickers.

What is your morning routine mom/kid time differential? How long does it take you to get up and out -- and how much longer when you add the kids into the mix?


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