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Now that school is starting, & I've got to get my brood up & out & to school on time, how long does it take you?<br><br>
Meaning from what time do you wake them? And what time are you out the door?<br><br>
We take public transportation, so that's factored in for me, but ...<br><br>
Just looking to see what everyone else goes through (meaning: looking to share someone else's pain ... :LOL)
 

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Dh and I get up at 5:05. We both shower, eat, dress, etc. Actually I'm still finishing up dressing when he starts waking the kids up at about 6:15. Dd1 (6yo) is a bear in the morning, so it's not like she bounds out of bed eager to go. He usually dresses her while she whines about getting up. He wakes up dd2 who is all smiles and sunshine. He gets them started on breakfast around 6:30, and then leaves right away. I supervise breakfast, pack up lunches and assorted crud, kid grooming, etc. We are out the door at 7:05 ideally, headed for daycare where dd1 catches her bus to school and dd2 eats a second breakfast.<br><br>
Dh is a teacher, so the summers are blissful for me. I hate the daycare run in the morning, and usually feel like I've put in a full day's work by the time I reach my desk!
 

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I've got it *way* easy. One kid in school. He gets up and dresses himself. Dad gives him a bagel. I roll out of bed at 8:00 or so, drink my coffee, carry the little one out to the car in his pjs at 8:50, and drive ds 2 miles to school by 9:00. Then I come home and spend a leisurely amount of time with my toddler over our breakfast.<br><br>
Its a breeze, really.
 

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I usually get out of bed around 6:45 and do yoga for 40 minutes or get on the treadmill for 30. I have to be in the shower by 7:30. The kids (2 in school 1 at home)are usually up around 7-7:30. We eat breakfast around 8 and I finish getting ready so that we are out the door by 8:40 to make it for the first bell at 8:55. I get help from dh who works at home and we no longer let the kids watch TV in the morning so it helps to get out on time and I make lunch the night before.
 

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I usually get up early for some sanity, at 6 a.m. I make lunches, try to do some yoga. I get kids up (one grumpy, one pleasant) at 6:45. They then have an hour to get ready and we are out the door at 7:45 for 8 a.m. school bell.<br><br>
It drives me crazy keeping them moving. I have used various incentive plans, charts, etc. to keep everyone moving, but it seems to always come back to me 'nagging' ("come on, stick with your routine!!!! ;##$%$^&)<br><br>
I would love to hear what others have tried to keep the kids moving in the a.m.!! (Our most successful is if you get ready by 7:30, you get 15 minutes on the computer).
 

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Testing to make sure this thread has been reopened--and apologies to anyone who tried to post and found the thread closed. Thank you bestjob for bringing it to my attention. It was a mistake!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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Thanks, Lauren!<br><br>
We are usually busy and rushed, but not frantic. Dh and I and the toddler wake up at 6:45, and shower and nurse toddler and play with him. We wake up the big kids at 7:15, so they have an hour and a quarter to get ready for the day with breakfast, bed-making, teeth brushing and dressing. Dh helps until about 7:30, then he heads out for work. We work together on lunches and snacks ("work together" being a euphemism for me making sandwiches and them choosing goodies) and everyone heads out the door at about 8:35. Dd walks north to her school with a friend and ds walks south to his kindergarten with me and the toddler. Both schools start at 8:55 a.m.
 

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DH is doing his student teacher these days, so his day starts at 5:45. I wake sometime between then and 6 so that we don't trip over each other in the shower. He is out the door by 6:30. I am responsible for the packing of my lunch and Sam's as well as waking him, dressing him and trying to get him to eat something before going to daycare. My ultimate goal is to be at work by 8:00, but that doesn't happen most days.<br><br>
I was spoiled by the summer when DH took care of the morning routine.<br><br>
I have found that by doing a little pre-packing of the lunches and laying out all the clothes the night before, things go a little more smoothly. I even have a coffee maker with a timer that will grind and brew my coffee so that it is just finishing when I get downstairs. Even with this little bit of planning ahead, I still feel a little harried. Sam has to be up before 7 if we are going to get out the door at a reasonable time.<br><br>
I think I have to move a little faster. No more lolling over coffee like I did in the summer.
 

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I can get away with only allowing 30 min. for my five y.o., but things go much better if I can give him an hour. He lingers over breakfast.
 

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DD goes to an early start school. The bell is at 8:05.<br><br>
I wake up at 6:45 and start making dd's breakfast and lunch for school. I wake her up at 7 and she brushes her teeth, washes face, and gets dressed. We have the clothes laid out from the night before (right down to socks and undies, lol). Her backpack has all necessary items in it for that day (except for lunch which gets made in the morning). This really saves time.<br><br>
DD eats (verrry slow eater) and I fix her hair. I stick her lunchbag in her backpack. DH leaves to drive her to school at around 7:55.
 

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My kids generally wake on their own between 7 & 7:15. My alarm is set for 7:15 just in case I'm not up already. We shower, make lunches etc the night before. They usually get their own breakfast, but sometimes I make it. The boys are both out the door at 7:55 to the bus stop, while dd & I stay home.
 

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I get up and take the dog out btw. 7-:30am.Kids get up around the same time.We shower and eat,then we walk dd across the road to the private preschool that starts at 9am.If dd goes to a public school later on I will be driving her,so we will need to factor that in.<br>
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I get up at 5:00 to play on MDC and have some tea. Then I attempt to wake H at 6:00. He'll usually roll out of bed around 6:30 and I get the kids up at 6:45.<br><br>
If they get up and get dressed, they get breakfast at home. If not, they eat cereal bars in the car. I just got to frustrated last year naging them! So, getting dressed is first no matter what. Then breakfast. If they're really quick, ds can play guitar and dd can play with dolls.<br><br>
While they're eating breakfast I pack lunches and PRAY that H finishes his shower and get's out of the bathroom so the kids can brush their hair and teeth.<br><br>
we then leave around 7:50 for school. I drive, then walk them up to the door.<br><br>
Ds is almost impossible to wake in the mornings. It can get pretty sticky at times trying to get them out of bed. But, they hate breakfast bars, So, that condidion really helped solve the getting dressed issue.<br><br>
My frined takes her kids in the jammies if they won't get ready. I just couldn't do that. I think it's disrespectful to them. Also, I don't think I could get them out the door like that <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!">
 

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Hi, just jumping in.<br>
It depends on whtether ds8 catches the bus or not, if he does we are usually up around 6.15 for bus at 7.30 but it takes 15 minutes to get to the bus <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">, Then he has to sit on the bus until 8.50 BORING. If we drive him we leave here about 8.30 to be at school by 9.00. I am pretty lucky, dh usually gets up and gets him off to school because he works just down the road from the school. I hate having to get him up so early, he is definitely not a morning person.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/sleeping.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="sleeping"> We were home learning and used to really enjoy our lazy mornings all cuddled up in bed.
 

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I am so pleased to learn that both my kids seem to wake up better than I do. I have serious, physiological problems waking up in the morning and sometimes the fog doesn't raise till noon. I don't feel like I'm running on all 6 cylinders till even later. But I started taking medication for this and I am actually waking up quicker these days. I aim for 7:00.<br><br>
8 y.o. dd used to get up at 7:30 but I set it back to 7:00 because she needs to start going to bed earlier.<br><br>
4 y.o. ds would sleep as late as we let him, but gets up easily enough when I wake him at 7:30. He's got preschool MWF at 8:30. He's a pill and won't get himself dressed even though he's quite capable.<br><br>
Dd does everything herself, but I have to remind her every step of the way... "Are your teeth brushed? Is your hair brushed? Did you make your bed? Please feed the dog. Your folder is on the table, get it into your backpack."<br><br>
Since dd started preschool the problem getting there on time has been my fault. Dd does NOT drive herself to school! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">: Occasionally she's a real pill and won't cooperate. But it shouldn't be a problem if <b>I</b> get up in time to prod her along.<br><br>
So since starting this med, maybe in the past month I've been waking up better and been more effective and coherent in the am.<br><br>
In any case, school starts at 8:30 for ds and 8:45 for dd. Both schools are all of 5 to 7 minutes away. So 7:00 to 8:25 = 1 1/2 hours. I'd say dd is late 3 days a week.
 

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1/2-1 hour. On a good day 9where they have an hour), dh gets up at 7:00, wakes ds#1 up and gets in the shower. DS dresses himself and goes downstairs. DH gets out of the shower by 7:15 and I get in sometime after that. He gets dressed, then dresses ds#2 if ds#2 isn't in the shower with me (in which case I dress him when we get out of the shower). They go downstairs and dh makes breakfast (toast or cold cereal) and lunch for ds#1. DS#1 eats, gets his shoes on and makes sure he has what he needs for school (homework, lunch, afterschool stuff). I get dressed (and dress ds#2 if needed) and go downstairs. Sometimes I eat, sometimes I skip it. Dh drives both kids to school, so he is out the door by 7:50-8:00. Ds#1's school bell rings at 8:10 and school is about 3 miles away. Ds#2 can show up whenever to preschool, but dh usually drops him off at about 8:30 on his way to work. If we are running late dh can come back home and shower after the kids get to school because he doesn't have to be to work until 9:30-10:00. But he likes to go in early before anyone else gets there so that he can work in peace. I walk out the door by 8:15 and into work by 8:30.<br><br>
If it is just me (or DH) we can be showered and out the door in 15 minutes.<br><br>
On Thursdays and Fridays, DH has the days off and I take ds#1 to school and ds#2 stays home with daddy, so there is less rush/chaos.
 

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This is the first time I have I child in school..She wakes ME up at 715 approx, I roll out at 830, make breakfast and her lunch at the same time, then baby wakes, give quick feed, and we're out of the house at 830, as we walk there, and it takes about 15-20 minutes (depending on how many leaves she picks :LOL )<br>
It's actually pretty smooth, I didn't expect it to be this smoothe. It's the first time in our lives together, that we have a routine. It's kinda cool...looking forward to tomorrow morning though (Saturday :LOL )<br><br>
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Share the pain? oh yes <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
In England nothing starts before 9am, last year school started at 10 past and it was a 10 minute walk. Now dd has to get on the bus (admittedly right outside the door) at 7.10 and it's killing me!!<br>
I must say reading about people that get up at 5 - even some of their own free will, has given me a different take on my rising at sixish but it is still absolute hell!<br>
It takes 10 minutes at least to get dd's eyes unstuck, but then at about 6.40 it all gets underway and she leaves at 7.05.<br>
Everything has to be ready the night before. Sometimes I lift her out of bed and place her on the toilet <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br>
and everyone in the family is the same....(don't do that for dh though <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/ROTFLMAO.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rotflmao">
 

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ugh! 5 am to get ready for school? Not here, no way :LOL<br>
We get up at 7am, the bus comes at 8.15am. We could do it in less time but DS needs some time to make the transition, kwim? It takes him some time to wake up and be happy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> I used to see mamas waiting to put the kids on the bus sipping coffee and wearing what looked suspiciosly like jammies.......have to say now I am one of them! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> Of course, I put on sweat pants since I dont actually wear jammies, but ykwim. The older kids have to catch the bus at 7am. Blech.<br>
I must admit tho, 7 am is like a holiday...when I work I have to be up at 3am! Argh! (hour drive to work, have to be there by 5am)
 

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7:30ish and oldest out of the house at 8:15, dh walks her to school on his way to work. Barely enough time for her, she's not a morning person and eats waaayyy slow, but getting her up earlier would be hell for all. I walk or bike dd2 to school at about 8:30 (they go to different schools). Usually, I don't have time to eat or shower until I get back. This year has been an adjustment for me with 2 in school. Last year I didn't get up till 8.
 
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