Morning Routines

There are several times that are quiet around here. Morning is not one of them.

(Click to play video…be sure to watch to the end for hilarious out-takes from Mr. C and Miss G!)

BLISS TV Morning Routines from Blissful Media Group on Vimeo.

If I get up early enough, say around 5:30 or so, I can get a good :30 minutes of quiet time in to check my news, read some email and have a blessedly quiet cup of coffee before chaos takes over the minute the children are fully awake and running amock in the house. The activity can easily be broken down into three rounds….

Round 1: Good Morning Sunshine!

My son gets up easily enough. He usually requires a hug before sitting down to breakfast and patiently awaits the attack that is no doubt coming from his little sister who does not share his cheery disposition in the morning. The “argument du jour” will generally start within 10 minutes of her arrival at the breakfast table and will only end after they have fully driven both their father and myself crazy. Oh, and no one will eat the same thing which means my husband and I are running around playing short order cook to two very ungrateful customers who don’t even leave a tip, just a few dishes behind, to thank us.

Round 2: Lights, Camera, Action!

By now it’s off to get dressed which presents another set of unique problems. Mr. C has hair that truly has a life of its own. Overnight, it somehow arranges itself into a style that requires industrial strength product to hold down and even then he sometimes still leaves the house looking like he has a horn sticking out of his head. Also, he is slightly color blind. If you were ever wondering how many times one child can put together a brown on brown outfit in one week, the answer is slightly over one million.

Miss G on the other hand is quite the fashionista. She can mix and match like nobody’s business. Sadly, the weather plays a big part in our mornings here because if it is freezing cold, she prefers t-shirts with spaghetti straps and shorts. However, if it is hot, nothing is going to make her feel fancier than that wool coat with the faux fur trim at the neck and wrists.

Round 3: Let’s Get This Show On The Road!

Usually at this point we are a few minutes to egress. The countdown has started to bus arrival time and The Man gives minute by minute updates on exactly how long the children have to get out the door. Right about now, two things usually happen. First, socks are lost. Sure they were in the drawer last night but now the only socks that are there are the ones that are “yucky and don’t fit right” that surely we cannot expect them to place their precious toes in. Those kids you see at school with the shoes but no socks? Yeah, one of those is usually mine.

Next up, someone will remember they had homework that didn’t get done or a form that needed to be signed and returned. The realization that they have no idea where these items are will set in a few seconds later and a search team will be deployed to find the missing papers, which have been found in locations and exotic as the fish tank and once, the freezer.

Eventually we do get them out the door and onto a day of higher education and we collapse by the door after they leave, covered in spilled coffee and chocolate milk with nothing but each other to keep us vertical. Mission accomplished!

As part of my “simplify life” motto for the year, I’m looking for ways to ease this process but I haven’t gotten there yet. Tell me about your morning routine…surely I’m not alone here. And if you are actually are that perfectly organized June Cleaver type I strive to be, let me know how you do it…any and all tips to make this routine easier are much appreciated!

This article about making mornings easier is part of the Kraft Bagel-fuls “Break up with your Breakfast Routine” sweepstakes. Visit for all the fabulous details.


  1. inannasstar says:

    I have got the early bird child who, while the bus doesn’t come until 8:25 am is bright eyed and bushy tailed at 6am. Usually he’s the one rushing my fat old arse around. As for the organizational stuff…..what I do is lay his clothes out the night before and have his backpack ready the night before as well.
    .-= inannasstar´s last blog ..Magical Mondays – What is Magic? =-.

  2. Michele says:

    I can’t remember what those school days were like. I blocked them out with a combination of time and wine. Lots and lots of wine.
    .-= Michele´s last blog ..Room and Board =-.

  3. Honestly SM – any morning that involves kids wearing pants before 8 a.m. is considered a smashing success around here… We have no routine.

  4. Lisa says:

    ok. here goes mine…
    1- night before: ask if any homework needs to be done, any papers need to be signed, etc. If they say “no”, threaten to raid their backpacks. That usually gets their memory rolling in the right direction. Also, lay out clothes the night before. Helps a ton!
    2- wake up at 5:30, pour caffeine down my throat and check for any breaking news (and possibly a few salacious gossip sites).
    3- start waking up the slow one first. 6:15. next one up at 6:20 ish.
    4- set timer for 20 minutes. They have to be dressed, teeth brushed, lights off and down the stairs for breakfast. I tried the breakfast first and then dress thing, but it just took too long and they were hungry, therefore, motivated to get downstairs.
    5- clear plates and brush hair. get backpacks at back of door, and head out by 7:10.

    My kiddies are now in 5th and 6th grade, so I have tried every variation of a morning routine, and this one works the best for me.

    Good Luck!!
    .-= Lisa´s last blog ..Father Daughter Dance 2010 =-.

  5. Very cool video, but I have to say I HATE the fact that Blissfully Domestic is promoting such an over-processed food item. Kraft is really hitting hard with these Bagel-things. I’ve seen them everywhere on the net, and in the store, and I have to say it makes me sad.

    Still love you and Allie to pieces, Stiletto Mom!
    .-= middle-aged-woman´s last blog ..Green Queen =-.

  6. I can usually talk Sprite into anything. It’s getting out of bed that I can’t seem to talk her into. No help here, sorry. :-)
    .-= Sprite’s Keeper´s last blog ..Impulse Buy =-.

  7. vodkamom says:

    OMG I LOVED those Bagelfuls! They were so tasty at Blissdom, and honestly, I was surprised. I mentioned them to Bitchy (the nutrition major) and she actually said she liked them.

    And frankly, she doesn’t eat. So THAT is a compliment.
    .-= vodkamom´s last blog ..Wait, did you say MILES??? =-.

  8. vodkamom says:

    oh, and can you pass me a couple????
    .-= vodkamom´s last blog ..Wait, did you say MILES??? =-.

  9. steenky bee says:

    My kiddos absolutely love those things! I’ve used them in the mornings when I need to get them out the door on time. Oh, who am I kidding, I never get them out the door on time, but they still love these things, even on the “stay at home” days.
    .-= steenky bee´s last blog ..Most of All, I’ll Miss the Flushing =-.

  10. I don’t miss getting 3 kids out each morning. Now it’s just me and 15 year old daughter; pretty easy. I never cooked breakfast foods on weekdays, just couldn’t jam in one more thing. We had cereal, instant oatmeal, and juice. Weekends were short order cooking time.
    .-= [email protected]´s last blog ..Trusting My Gut =-.

  11. Beth says:

    All that’s left at my house, is a golden retriever who has decided that we are not allowed to sleep past 6 am, regardless of what day it is. Still, your morning sounds a lot harder than mine, so hang in there!
    .-= Beth´s last blog ..Spring Fever Has Sprung! =-.

  12. I think I must be very lucky re the morning routine — just one child who LOVES oatmeal.
    .-= The Lawyer Mom´s last blog ..Stephen Colbert and Expired Coupons =-.

  13. My 12 year old could go to bed at 5 a.m., and he’d, without question, be awake by 6 a.m., and ready for the day. Every day. It’s inhumane. If he was quiet when he got up, it wouldn’t be so bad, but the TV goes on, then he clangs around the kitchen getting cereal. My youngest then gets up and he has to moan and sigh for awhile, then dance around. I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t tired! I suppose that’s a routine, but it’s not my favorite routine!

    (She’s pretty passionate about her love of cheese, huh?) ;)
    .-= foradifferentkindofgirl (fadkog)´s last blog’s a post that will leave you unsure what to comment so you’ll probably say something like ‘sorry?’ and then avoid eye contact with me =-.

  14. Rachel says:

    Loved it ;-)

    I adore the bagelfuls and my kids do, too.
    .-= Rachel´s last blog ..How To Make Green Eggs and Ham: A Video =-.

  15. I love bagelfuls…can’t eat them right now but I love them.

    I’m dreading the kids both going to school because they are so close in age there is bound to be problems.
    .-= Connie @ Young and Relentless´s last blog ..The Winners…. =-.

  16. Christine says:

    I leave the house by 6:10 and my husband at 7, so the babysitter has the kids until they get on the schoolbus. It is bliss (for me). Before the house wakes up, I pack the lunches, put out the instruments, library books, or whatever else my three kids need that day and leave a check list of things to do like “brush teeth” and “put dishes in dishwasher.” I think my kids fight less for the babysitter and save their arguments for when I meet them at the afternoon school bus.

  17. Bobbi says:

    It’s times like this that I’m glad I don’t have children.

    My mornings consist of getting up, putting on my makeup and doing my hair, getting dressed, let the dogs out, eat breakfast in total quiet, let the dogs back in, then leave for work.
    .-= Bobbi´s last blog ..Milka what?!?! =-.

  18. the mayor says:

    My one goal the past 2 years is that they get themselves up with an alarm. At 12, 14, and 18 you’d think they could get up get ready and leave.
    No , I’m forever up and down the stairs preparing the exit room they all have to shuffle through by 7 a.m.There’s usually a heavy dose of animosity between them all.
    .-= the mayor´s last blog ..A Big Dose Of Darcy =-.

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