If you’re a parent, you already know that it can be very difficult to get your kids up, out the door, and to the bus on time every morning. If this is something you struggle with, just follow these easy steps to make sure your mornings run smoothly, and your kids get on that bus, leaving you to clean the house so those precious little cherubs will have something to mess up when they come home.

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Step 1: Setting Your Alarm

Be sure to set you alarm before the sun rises so you can get up nice and early to tackle the day. Take care to also set two or three subsequent alarms so you’re sure to actually wake up after you ignored that first alarm.

Step 2: Waking the Kids Up

Walk into your kid’s rooms making as much noise as possible. Open the curtains, turn on the lights, pull back the covers and announce that it’s time for them to get out of bed.

Step 3: Making the Kid’s Lunches

If you haven’t yet transitioned over to having your kids make their own lunches, this is the next step you must undertake. Now, you might be asking, “Couldn’t this have been done the night before?” Theoretically, yes. But that would be way too easy. As a Mom, it’s important to always challenge yourself. So slap some sandwiches together, toss in some Goldfish crackers and maybe a GoGurt, and you’re good to go.

Step 4: Waking the Kids Up….. Again

Now it’s time to head back to the kid’s rooms and pull back their covers again. Maybe poke them a little. Be forceful, but don’t get too angry yet. You’ll want to save your energy for later.

Step 5: Getting the Kids Dressed

Of course, if your kids are old enough to ride the bus, they’re probably capable of realizing they need to get dressed every morning of their lives without being told, and actually getting themselves dressed. Even so, they will probably still need you to tell them to get dressed six or seven times, at the very least.

Most kids will probably take some sort of issue with what clothes are available to them, and desperately need to wear something that’s dirty and already in the laundry hamper. This is just a stalling tactic, so call their bluff and tell them to get the dirty clothes from the hamper, and the problem will quickly resolve itself.

Step 6: Getting Breakfast

If your kids can get their own breakfast in the morning without making a huge mess, congratulations! You may now move on to Step 7. If not, tossing a granola bar at them as they rush out the door is the preferred method.

Step 7: Brushing Their Teeth

Okay, if you can get your kids to brush their teeth at least one or two mornings a week, you deserve a medal.

Step 8: Shoes

Why don’t your kids just make getting their shoes on a part of getting dressed, you ask? Haha! Because that would be too easy, and as we all know, the word “easy” isn’t in their vocabulary. In any case, if they can find their shoes, get them on their feet. Hopefully they match.

Step 9: Coats, Backpacks, Etc.

Try to make a habit of getting your kids to put everything they’ll need for school in the backpacks the night before. When that doesn’t work, a last minute mad dash to get everything in their bags is a tried and true method of parents around the world. Remember all that energy you saved in Step 4 by not getting angry and yelling? Well, here’s your time to shine!morning

Step 10: Running to the Bus Stop

Round up any stragglers by yelling “Let’s go! Let’s go! Let’s GO!!!” or “C’mon! C’mon! COME ON!!!” or any mantra of your choosing. Shove everybody out the door and hightail it for the bus stop just as the bus is coming around the corner. Give the kids a quick kiss good-bye and wave as you catch your breath. Head home and congratulate yourself on another day of getting the kids to the bus on time.

I hope these steps help* your mornings run smoothly. So good morning, good luck, and Godspeed!

*none of these steps will help your mornings run smoothly

For my other How-To Mom Guides, be sure to check out Decorating for Moms: A How-To Guide, Washing the Dishes: A Step-by-Step Guide for Moms, and The Mom’s Guide to Going Out.

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