Back to school: Five timesaving morning rituals

If you're anything like most parents of school-aged kids, your morning routine during the school year may go something like this:

7:00 Struggle out of bed.
7:15 Succeed in encouraging your darling children to do likewise.
7:20 Pack multiple lunches, while in the bathroom your children brush only their two front teeth and create toothpaste sculptures on the counter.
7:30 Discover that your children have dressed themselves as if they are escapees from a prison camp for music video extras. Begin the process of redressing them.
7:40 While your kids eat their morning meal, find out that today you are supposed to supply your youngest child with cookies shaped like famous presidents for her entire class.
7:50 Start the morning scramble for backpacks, lunch bags, and homework that has mysteriously disappeared from where your child claims it was last night.
8:00 Magically pack your fully-equipped children in a neat single-file line into the car or school bus … or shuffle them off in a disorganized scrambling flurry of papers and dropped lunch money.
8:01 Sit down for the first time in an hour.

Let's face it, the morning rush can exhausting. It may take a little organizing, but you can conquer morning craziness!

Organization is a word we often associate with dry, un-fun things like "filing cabinet" or "day planner." But try this word association on for size: "ritual." That's right: Organizing for school days is all about creating rituals, which can be as comforting as they are convenient -- for both you and your children.

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