Monday, September 5, 2011


Well, it's that time of year again, the responsibility is yours to not only get yourself somewhere on time, but the future of your child's reputation in their new class depends on you!  We have tracked down a few tips to help us all get our kids to school on time, and oh yeah, maybe even make it a little less chaotic.  I know, I know, tip number one should be, prepare everything the night before, but let's be real, we all work better under pressure right?

Just say no to TV...try tunes instead
I'm sure I was pregnant with my first when I thought my unborn children weren't going to know what a Television was, but like always, reality hits and my youngest's first word was practically Mickey Mouse.  Great for when you have something to do like, hmm, take a shower? Not so great when you need your kids attention as the bus is pulling up outside!  Have your kids help put together a morning playlist and try dancing your way out the door.

Kids Cubbies
Don't run in and out of the house ten times tracking down coats, hats, sneakers, and back packs.  Make it a ritual to keep each child's things in their own cubby as soon as they walk in the door.  Imagine a life of walking out the door that first time in the morning and actually carrying on to your final destination!

End the "Great Clothes Debate"
Deciding what to wear can be a stressful and time consuming activity in the morning, especially when you don't particularly care for her selection and what she would like to wear is at the bottom of the laundry basket.  Try making a clothes buddy the night before.  Your child can lay out her clothes in the shape of a person, including underwear, socks, shoes and even accessories.  When they wake up, they put the clothes buddy clothes on and the arguments over stripey tights with a polka dot dress are a distant, (but fond), memory.

Set a final warning bell
Set a special alarm for 10 minutes before it's time to leave for the last minute scramble.  The bell will let everyone know that it's time to brush teeth, grab lunches and get your coats on...without you having to announce it - AGAIN!

Early Bird catches the worm
Top tip for moms is to be the first one up and ready before everyone else to at least curb some of the stress of the morning race.  I love the idea of getting ready without interruption but don't think I'm ready to have my alarm set for 5am everyday!

Send us your tips at cutting out the chaos in the morning - or at least trim it down a bit!

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