Sep 022014
 
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We just started back to school here and unfortunately I came down with a humdinger of a bug and spent half of the first week barely able to get out of bed.

Thankfully, we’ve got mornings down to a great routine – and I am really lucky that my son is pretty easy. He gets up well in the morning and he’s very responsible. I don’t actually have to do too much.

However, he leaves for the bus at 7:09 AM which is fairly early. I wake him at about 6:05AM (that is when I get up too) and then we’re out the door by ten after 7. So we have to have a good morning routine. Here is how it normally goes down:

I get up and make his breakfast while he gets dressed. Then while he’s eating I go get dressed.

I then head out to make his lunch and he trades places with me in the bathroom and brushes his teeth and finishes getting cleaned up (yes, we share a bathroom – it’s a small house!)

One thing I do that helps get us out the door in the mornings, is I organize the items for his lunch at the beginning of the week. I buy large bags of pretzels or chips (YES, I give my child chips!) and divide them into smaller bags. I also bag cookies individually and remove outer packaging from other items. There is a drawer in my kitchen devoted to his lunch.

(sorry for the poor quality photos!)

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and the other drawer holds the remaining bags.

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This really helps me to move quickly in the morning, I just make a sandwich and add his drink (water) and he’s ready!

I give my own breakfast and lunch some starters as well – more on that later!

What tips do you have for smooth mornings?

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