This summer, when I had all four of my young kids at home each and every day, I dreamed sweet blissful dreams of when the school year would resume back up. Heck, I even considered making a secret paper chain or something to hang in my closet so I could keep track of how many “sleeps” I had until the 2nd grade and Kindergarten started.
To reduce my kid count by 50% each and every day excited me. I don’t mean to sound like a bad mom (exhausted or fatigues would be more accurate), but I was pretty pumped to see summer vacation come to a close.
Because wow, keeping kids properly entertained and stimulated day in and day out is no joke. To all you homeschooling mama’s out there? I’m not worthy.
But then somewhere during those first few weeks into daily grind, I realized going back is school really hard work!
Our morning starts at 6:45 for all six of us. And while we do our best to be prepared the night before, it’s still a rush to get out the door in one presentable piece.
Eat Breakfast, drink some juice, swallow a vitamin.
Nurse the baby, change the baby, dress the baby.
Feed the toddler, change the toddler, dress the toddler.
Dressed the big girls in proper school uniforms. Make sure all shirts are tucked, all socks are white, and all pant are khaki and include a belt. And now that it’s fall, don’t forget the cardigan, for when it gets cold in the classroom.
Make sure lunches are pack appropriately. Sandwich, dairy, grain, fruit and drink. All parts and pieces need to be accounted for.
Find the homework, signed the homework. Put the homework in the backpack.
Brush the hairs, scrub the teeth. Wipe the face clean.
A hug around the neck, a kiss on the cheek.
And then we all (my four kids and I) tumble into the minivan around 7:35 and make the pilgrimage down the road a few miles to the front entrance of the school. We cross our fingers that we’re not late, and no tardy marks are administered.
Know what’s hard? Getting 4 children (one of which is a 8 month old baby) out the door in time, looking mildly presentable. From the time we wake, we have 45 minutes until the car leaves the driveway.
I’ll be the first to admit I was wrong. I’ll never be a summer vacation hater again. This getting up early and stuff, putting on a bra and getting to class on time? It’s for the birds!
Today, we make a paper chain to count how many sleeps until summer vacation starts.
What do you do to make getting out of the house run smooth? Clearly, I need some pointers in this department.
by natesmom1228October 5, 2012 at 9:13 AM
I make sure my sons book bag is completely together. I have breakfast ready in the mornings and his clothes are out and ready to go.
by goddess99October 5, 2012 at 10:09 AM
Well I just have 1 child and she's older so it's not bad. But I used to lay out her outfit and always know what she's having for breakfast, have the backpack ready to go the night before. While she was eating breakfast I'd be making her lunch. Now she eats hot lunch every day which saves alot of time and money.
by Autumn19October 5, 2012 at 10:12 AM
when dh is on night he stays with the baby so we dont have to take her out when i drop of ds or her takes ds on his days off.
by MadelaineOctober 5, 2012 at 10:24 AM
Pre do as much as possible the night before.
October 5, 2012 at 10:25 AMMy dd is only in school half day, so getting out of the house at 12:40 is not a problem.
by sukainahOctober 5, 2012 at 11:06 AM
I make sure I have time for a cup of coffee before I do anything LOL...but breakfast is planned ahead and I know what time I have to start dressing my younger son and getting him ready. We are usually ready early and we all have time to sit and relax before we go.
by BmatOctober 5, 2012 at 11:36 AM
I set the children's clothes out the night before. They dress themselves and eat their cereal, brush their teeth and hair and pick up their bags, which are by the door.
by mem82October 5, 2012 at 11:59 AM
Well, I'm a homeschooler, and that does have it's own challenges, obviously, but I'm sooooo happy I don't have that mad rush out the door every single morning.
For you, the only thing I can suggest is to get up earlier.
October 5, 2012 at 12:09 PM
Be as prepared as possible before going out so it's not a rush right before walking out the door.
October 5, 2012 at 12:09 PM
We try to have all the backpacks ready the night before and sometimes we will even pick out clothes the night before. I also leave the baby in his pj's until we get back home from dropping the kids off for two reasons. One is that it is one less thing to do before school and two is that he is warmer in them and with the weather getting colder I like that.