By Rachel Hoeing
I am constantly being questioned by friends about how I am able to get everyone ready for school in thirty minutes. There are many things in my life that need some work, but our morning routine seems to be one thing I can say we actually do well. So here it is folks – the secrets to the morning routine in the Hoeing household! If you are another mom who has a great routine, please share some pointers with our readers below.
Another thing I need to preface is that the kids shower at night, so we do not need to deal with that in the mornings. AND if I am headed to an early meeting where I need to shower or wear something other than tennis shoes and running shorts, I will wake up earlier than 7am. But on a normal, routine school day, where I head to workout with friends after school drop-off, here is the 411 …
7:00- 7:05am – My alarm goes off. I brush teeth, wash up, put hair in ponytail, and put on my workout clothes.
7:05-7:10am – I walk into Jake’s room and wake him up. Anna usually hears me open his door because it is a door from the 1920’s that is anything but quiet. She is usually in his room saying good morning to me before Jake is even coaxed out of bed. I ask them what they want for breakfast and go start their food as they slink into their seats at the kitchen table and work on opening their eyes.
7:10-7:20am – Kids eat breakfast while I prepare lunch boxes. We are all in the kitchen together, so we get to chat a little (actually Anna usually chatters on while Jake and I just answer with a yes or no). After I finish making lunches I put the lunchboxes with their bookbags and then head into their bedrooms to pick out clothes. Jake will wear whatever I tell him to, so I throw an outfit on the bed for him. Then I head to Anna’s room where she’ll usually meet me after eating her breakfast. We alternate days (one day she picks an outfit and the next day I do.) So we get out her clothes and pray that we agree on something.
7:20-7:25am – Both kids wash up, brush teeth and get dressed. I usually check our website during this time to make sure it did not disappear overnight! During this time, we have a rule that they cannot brush their teeth at the same time because IT ALWAYS ends in an argument. ALWAYS. Ridiculous.
7:25-7:30am – Everyone gets on shoes and makes sure backpacks are ready to go. I usually fix Anna’s hair at this time and spend way too much time trying to hunt down her brush, ribbon, headband, or ponytail holder.
7:30am – Out the door for carpool!
So there it is – the thirty minute morning routine. I am sure I could cut my time even shorter by preparing lunches the night before, but I am usually just ready to RELAX!
Do you have some tips for a smooth morning routine? Please share!