Monday, April 2, 2012

School Morning Rush

I have a love/hate relationship with mornings.  One of my favorite times of day is my 5:30 appointment with God.  Everyone is still asleep and it's just me with my Bible and a hot cup of coffee.  This always helps me start my day on the right foot.  After my quiet time and getting myself ready, it's time to wake the troops.  I have a 6th grader and a 2nd grader and two kiddos still at home.  It amazes me how I can go from calm and peaceful to rushed, barely making it out the door, and frustrated words tend to get spoken.  Once my kids and husband head out the door I don't know how we once again survived the rush!

My 12 year old and I sat down and brainstormed.  How can we make the mornings more peaceful?  We started by making a list of all that had to be done before they left in the mornings.

Our list:
Get dressed
Make Bed
Brush Hair
Belt on
Socks and shoes on
Breakfast eaten
Lunches packed
Teeth brushed
Bag packed
Coat on
Devotions/prayer together
Out the door

We made a morning schedule where we wrote down the time they needed to be out the door and worked backwards figuring out what needed to be done when.  Family devotions was a big thing that usually got shoved aside because of running out of time, and I was happy to see when we scheduled every activity we had time for morning devotions and the kids were ready EARLY!  Yes!  This has worked wonders for us, and has made our mornings much more peaceful and calm.

What do you do to get everyone out the door for school on time? I'd love to hear your ideas!


  1. It's so nice that you and your oldest were able to work together on a schedule that makes things easier.