The morning routine (n.): The list of steps (sometimes posted all over the house) that families follow each morning in an attempt to get the kids to school before the classroom door shuts and you have to report to the front office with your head hung low.
We all have one. Or at least some vague sketch in our minds of how the morning needs to go to get out the door at the appointed minute.
Lay out the outfit the night before.
Pack as much of the lunch as possible at night.
Put the backpack by the door with a sticky note reminding you to grab the lunch.
Wake up and start fixing breakfast before the kids get up.
(Note to self: Stop hitting the snooze.)
Have the kids get dressed the minute they get out of bed.
Set timers to provide reminders.
Put the shoes and socks in bins by the front door…
It almost doesn’t matter how specific the routine because something always crops up.
An unexpected spill necessitates a last minute costume change.
Bird watching during breakfast extends the eating process far beyond the allotted time (please go away, blue birds).
A housefly buzzing around the kitchen results in chaos (and not the controlled kind).
“I have to poop.” (You just can’t rush that sort of thing.)
The morning routine is always a work in progress. Up a little earlier, do a little more the night before, make the coffee first…
By the time we get it down to a science, it should be time for summer vacation.
How do you get the kids out the door on time?