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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

School? What's that?

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When we're visiting my husband's parents and my kids are being particularly...uh, challenging...my mother-in-law is fond of saying conspiratorially, "I've always said that school comes just in time."

And even though I'm a self-proclaimed "happy mommy" who loves staying home with my kids, I'll admit...I'm looking forward to them being in school! Having a few hours during the day to get things done without wiping noses and breaking up arguments? Sounds good to me!

Chickie starts kindergarten in a year, and I suppose if she was scared of the prospect, I'd be nervous too. But she is so excited. She'd love be in school now, but she doesn't turn five until January. I think her first day of school next year will be a highly-anticipated, super-exciting experience. And I think she'll do well in school. When she gets in trouble, it'll probably be mostly for talking too much!

Zoodle is too young to be thinking much about school, but if his love for his Bob the Builder backpack is any indication, he'll be excited to start too, three years from now!

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For this week's "Mom's Breakfast Club" post I'm supposed to be writing about transitioning into the school year. For us, though, the "school year" is pretty much the same as the rest of the year. We get up, eat an easy breakfast, and the kids relax in front of PBS Kids TV shows while I do a bit of house cleaning...or check email, blogs, Twitter, etc.

But when they do start school, I'm going to want to be sure the kids have a good breakfast first. I am someone who gets hungry quickly, and I remember how long school mornings can feel before lunchtime rolls around! Recently Kellogg's sent us a box of Frosted Mini Wheats Big Bites, and the kids like it. I imagine that's the type of cereal we may encourage them to eat before school starts...something with some substance too it, that will "stick to their ribs" while they wait for lunch. Add some whole grain toast and juice, and hopefully they'll stay alert even without a morning snack!

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Congratulations to commenter #75, E (eunice b)! It sounds like eunice had a fantastic summer, "Sitting around the fire, drinking coffee and talking with my dear husband! These are a few of my favorite things!"

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107 comments:

stacief said...

My little ones are only in preschool 3 days a week and our morning routine is to get dressed (lately they have been sleeping in their shirts which is helpful!), eating breakfast, brushing teeth, watching 10 minutes of tv while I get ready and then we head out the door!

Have a great day!

Mami2jcn said...

Morning routine is wake up, get dressed, eat breakfast, wash faces, brush teeth, style hair, and head out the door!

mami2jcn at gmail dot com

mommy2cjn said...

Since my oldest is the only one in "real" school, we get him up first, and get him dressed and ready for school. He usually has cereal for breakfast, and then he is out the door with his carpool. The other two get to enjoy waking up a little first, but then we start over with getting dressed, and eating breakfast. Then we are off to take the middle one to preschool 3 days a week.

Melinda said...

My son is only 2 so he isn't going to school yet, but he does go to day care everyday. Our morning routine is very...well, routine. I get up and get ready, get Ian up and make him breakfast, get Ian dressed, and we make for the door just in time. The first thing Ian asks for when I get him up is breakfast and his favorite is NutriGrain Bars and frozen waffles. Soon I think he will be ready for cereal like his Mama, because he is always stealing bites of mine in the morning.

Amanda said...

I remember getting up to my own alarm clock, pouring my own cereal, putting my dish in the dishwasher, and then waking my mom up to tell her I was leaving...this started around the age of 6 :)

Amanda said...

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The Clines said...

Our family's routine during the school year: Rachel's (10 yo) alarm goes off, she turns it off, I wake her up, 5 minutes later, I wake her up again, she finally gets up, gets dressed, makes her bed, munches on a piece of toast or cereal, then races out the door for the bus. Her brother Ryan (also 10yo), is usually completely ready before she makes it to the kitchen. This morning he helped me with the lunches. Marisa is 4 and she usually has time for a more leisurely morning since there's no bus to catch. Good times.

Kelly Massman said...

We're pretty quiet in the morning, and we eat something quick-like cereal!
kmassman gmail

C's Mommy said...

We do our best to get out the door on time. It makes everyone's day go smoother and lots less arguements!

karasceviour said...

I have 2 kids in school now, and the morning actually goes pretty easy. I get up about 10 minutes before them, make breakfast, get them up, they eat breakfast, get dressed, etc...get ready, and gone...I do alot , like packing lunches and picking out clothes the night before. karasceviour at hotmail dot com

Nicole said...

My daughter isn't in school yet but we have scrambled eggs, bananas, and jelly toast every morning!

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Nicole said...

Tweeted http://twitter.com/pittsy82/status/24529444105

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Elaine's Semi-Homemade Life said...

As a working (communting!) mom with 2 kids, our morning routine is down to an exact science. If anything goes longer than anticipated, it usually seems to be a landslide!
I get as much done the night before as I can... lunches packed, bags packed, coffee maker programmed. I get myself 100% ready before I get the kids up.. my daughter gets dressed while I dress my son... we do sunscreen and hair... grab our bags and run out! The kids eat at school - otherwise we'd never get out of the house!

allysmama said...

I prep everything the night before,so our morning routine is pretty boring. My daughter generally eats cereal,grits or a bagel, the she chugs down some OJ and bolts up the street to talk with our neighbor kids as they wait for the bus!
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allysmama said...

tweet
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Sasha said...

Poor Mr. Sasha- in order to get off early enough to pick up P from school, I have to be at work at 7 am! So the morning routine is all on him.... But we save money by not having to pay for after-school care.

Sasha said...

Tweeted!

http://twitter.com/SashaSaysBlog/status/24569890003

Robin M. said...

I try to do as much as possible the night before... clothes, school stuff, lunch, etc.

Ninja Panda said...

Growing up my Mother packed my lunches everyday and never let me walk out of the house without eating breakfast. <3 Her!

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Betty N said...

We made sure bedtimes were in place. We always did everything we could the night before; lunches made, homework done and checked, clothes for next day laid out, etc so there is no rushing in the morning

Wander said...

When I was a kid....I had to take care of my own breakfast needs.
My kids have not had to do that.
But now that they are teenagers they can grab their own favorites and go!

Brooke said...

Wake up earlier to leave earlier - riding in all that traffic you never know what you're gonna get handed.
shutterboo at gmail dot com

Kerry said...

Our morning routine is to get dressed, feed our dogs and then grab some breakfast with what time we have left.
nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

Kerry said...

tweeted: http://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/24625107949
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Just call me b said...

Morning routine. I get up 30 mins before they do. Then them, quick showers, breakfast and out the door. Then....I go for a run, then come in, have coffee and start the day!

natatheangel said...

I try to prepare all things in the evening and in the morning just quickly fix it.

natatheangel at yahoo dot com

One Stop Giveaway Shop said...

A remember having cereal around the breakfast table and I'm sure my little ones will do the same when they grow up. We are huge cereal fans!!!

Tara
giveawayblogs at gmail dot com

Catharine said...

Growing up, my Mom would fix our breakfast while Gramma made our lunch to take to school. Wonderful memories!

Catharine said...

Tweet
http://twitter.com/norcalgal52/status/24708154095

scottsgal said...

It's nice because my youngest is now a sophomore in high school so mornings are much easier as he's old enough to get himself up and ready
msboatgal at aol.com

Kelly said...

I remember when I got old enough to get myself ready for school (to shower and dry my hair and get dressed), my dad would wake me up before he left for work and would have breakfast waiting for me. (And my lunch, if it was a day I was packing my lunch.) I'd eat breakfast, get ready for school, then my mom would wake up just in time to make sure I was out the door to catch the bus, then she would go back to bed. It's so odd to think of those couple of years when I was left to my own devices in the mornings!

StephanieC said...

i remember hating making my bed.. and now i don't do it as an adult! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

StephanieC said...

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Leah @ A Butterfly In My Stomach said...

Our morning routine is get up, make beds, eat breakfast, and start school...we homeschool. Everyone gets up at different times!

leahforlove(at)aol(dot)com

Kathryn said...

Our routine is the get up, eat, play for a bit, get dressed then out the door!

kclements2001 (at) hotmail (dot) com

Leah @ A Butterfly In My Stomach said...

I tweeted:

http://twitter.com/leahforlove/status/24716778638

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Anne J said...

we have instant oatmeal to get our mornings off to a quick start
ajolly1456 at gmail dot com

Anne J said...

I tweeted
http://twitter.com/lunaj1456/status/24718822150

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Mia J. said...

My daughter wakes up in the morning and comes to have a short snuggle fest. She sometimes brings a book in to read to her dad and me and then we run like the wind to get ready for school.

Belinda said...

I remember getting my clothes ready to wear the night before. My Mom would fix breakfast while I took a bath and got ready. Eat and then hop on the school bus.
Thanks!
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Susan C. said...

I always remember sitting at the kitchen table eating my cereal while my dad buttered his cinnamon bread toast. The radio was always turned to the weather. I haven't thought about that in years!

susan said...

Get up get dressed and have a great breakfast. suelee1998 @ gmail.com

Amber said...

What a lil cutie! Our schedule is okay, a little hectic but not too bad. breakfast is usually simple on the weekdays, usually cereal, get the kids dressed and get them off to school so I can get to work :)

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Amber said...

I tweeted:
http://twitter.com/lipstickncandy/status/24769114515

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sodahoney said...

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sodahoney said...

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MCantu1019 said...

For morning routine it's shower, breakfast, brush teeth and out the door.

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Katie said...

We like to sleep as late as possible and then run around like crazy people trying to get out the door. We aren't morning people. :P

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Katie said...

Tweeted:

http://twitter.com/Skaketgirl/status/24795342657

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JC said...

Our morning routine- get up, get dressed, breakfast, brush teeth and off to school and work.

JC said...

http://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/24796206003

Eva said...

Morning routine would be wake up, shower/brush teeth/hair, get changed, get, pack bag, leave!

evil_eva12 at hotmail dot com

Deb said...

My husband and I divide and conquer. He gets the boys breakfast. I get their teeth brushed and dressed. He packs the lunches. I pack the backpacks. I leave for work. He takes them to the bus. He leaves for work. Clockwork.

gmissycat said...

Start the morning with warm hugs and kisses and a good breakfast, then off they go!
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gmissycat said...

Tweeted your giveaway!
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Dolphin Girl said...

We start the morning off with a minutes of cuddling on the couch. It gives the kids a chance to wake up and remember that they are loved.

Dolphin Girl said...

http://twitter.com/kdolphins7/status/24823902685

jakiesmom said...

my routine is to try and convince my son he needs to eat otherwise he will be hungry at school..lately that means cheese and toast
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E said...

Packing lunches the night before and keeping breakfast simple is our routine strategy!

~eunice b
tigergal01 @gmail .com

E said...

http://twitter.com/tigergal01/status/24860175437

tweet!

~eunice b
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Tracey said...

I get Liz's school clothes, shoes, socks and backpack out. Then I wake her. We chit chat while she has breakfast then she brushes her teeth. Next she gets dressed and I brush her hair. I kiss her at the door and tell her to have a wonderful day. She rewards me with a smile that warms my heart until she returns in the afternoon.
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floating said...

We wake up, get dressed talk and eat breakfast together

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fostertam said...

I was a very independant child so I always got myself up, dressed and fed from second grade on. My parents both worked so we were all up getting ready together.

fostertam said...

http://twitter.com/fostertam/status/24889060250

susan1215 said...

I get up 1/2 before my childen to get myself ready and while they are getting ready I get breakfast ready.

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susan1215 said...

http://twitter.com/susan1215/status/24900030002

Deanna G. said...

When I was a kid the morning was the best. We'd get up and have breakfast and watch cartoons. I never had any problems getting up and getting ready :)

Deanna G. said...

Tweeted the giveaway:

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sy said...

my mom would have breakfast ready and spend half an hour trying to drag me out of bed, then braid my hair and send me to school. happy days.
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sy said...

i tweeted http://twitter.com/syytta/status/24911208430

wendy said...

One of the parts of our morning routine is me having to wake up my daughter and wait to make sure she actually gets out of bed. I have also been known to sing my own version of the Good Morning song!

madamerkf at aol dot com

jillyrh said...

We usually hit the alarm a few times, eat something quick like cereal and head out the door. LOL

jillyrh said...

Tweeted

http://twitter.com/jillyrh/status/24915795405

Terri said...

My kids were total opposites, while my daughter always wanted to go to school and my son did not, they had always running late in common. It was a lot of countdown threats to achieve results.
whitbrit AT gmail DOT com

marybug2 said...

As a teenager my parents both worked so we ususally had cereal, fruit and toast, and I guess that is what I also fed my children as we both work.
marybug2@yahoo.com

marybug2 said...

I tweeted your giveaway
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Bri said...

We make school / work days easier by getting up 30 - 45 minutes earlier than we need to, giving us plenty of time to get ready and prepare for the day :)

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DG said...

Wake up, breakfast is cereal, and then we're off to work/school/meetings! :)

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DG said...

http://twitter.com/DeeGee13/status/24957432550

tweeted!

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Barbarawr said...

Here's our morning routine: get up at 6:21, get dressed, get out at 6:33. My daughter eats a bagel in her first class because her stomach gets upset if she gets on the bus after eating breakfast.

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Barbarawr said...

I tweeted http://twitter.com/bsw529/status/24959883408

Deb ~ tnshadylady said...

Mornings at my house are easier when I get everything ready the night before (clothes especially).

Deb ~ tnshadylady said...

http://twitter.com/tnshadylady/status/24961751986

Shel said...

We start prepping about 2 weeks before going back to school...bedtime is 10pm and we start waking up to an alarm clock. Still, there's a lot of "hurry up you'll be late" in the morning since my daughter is 14 and spends most of her morning in the bathroom..ugh!

shel704 at aol dot com

Shel said...

Tweeted:
http://twitter.com/auntiethesis/status/24965801432

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Samantha said...

Our morning routine is pretty simple because we do most everything we can the night before. I wake at 6:45 to have 30 minutes of coffee/email/me time. I wake my daughter at 7:15. She has 30 minutes to eat breakfast and finish waking up and then 20 minutes to get dressed and ready. We usually leave by 8:10 and make it in plenty of time to her school which starts at 8:35.
Thanks!
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or
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PauleyD said...

We prepare ahead of time. Regular Bedtimes are important. We set out their uniforms the night before, and have most of their lunch packed ahead of time.

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PauleyD said...

http://twitter.com/lpauld68/status/24979221037

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cdabs said...

Ah, my school days: I remember trying to get bathroom time -- we had one bathroom for five kids.

Kim said...

We make sure the backpacks are filled and the breakfast basics are on the table the night before, so our morning routine is pretty streamlined!

Annette D said...

We used to have to walk about a quarter of a mile to catch the bus rain or shine!

Annette D said...

tweeted http://twitter.com/annedoggett/status/24988289853

Racingjourno said...

Even though breakfast could be a rush thing, eating with the family was always a great way to start the day.

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Racingjourno said...

Tweet
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slehan said...

Smoothies are a big hit around here. Thanks for the contest.

slehan said...

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trishden said...

Hello, our breakfast routine in our house is usually cereal, frozen waffles or an occasional egg with toast. Nothing fancy or time consuming. Thanks for a great giveaway!
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trishden said...

I tweeted on Twitter here:
http://twitter.com/trishden/status/25016215857

Thanks!
trishden
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Lori said...

Our schedule is pretty frantic--I try to let them play and blow off steam as much as possible before sending them off to teachers.
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07violet said...

when I was a kid I had things like cereal, toast or waffles for breakfast usually but sometimes my mom would cook a big breakfast

alterna7 at hotmail dot com

won said...

The best part of our morning routine is that first hug...before the stress of the day creeps in. It just feels so warm and genuine!

won said...

http://twitter.com/#!/won2x/status/25042132633

Thank you!

LAMusing said...

Once mom managed to wake me up (I never was a morning person LOL) the morning went pretty smoothly since my clothes and schoolwork were laid out the night before.
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LAMusing said...

tweet! http://twitter.com/LAMusing/status/25058625770
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Tracy R said...

I don't have kids, but my morning routine is coffee before anything!

Tracy R said...

I tweeted
http://twitter.com/tracylr233/status/25069248978
thanks!

Julie said...

The only left going to school is my daughter who is a junior in h.s…but I am lucky-she always plans out her outfit the night before,her books in her packback etc.
thanks for the giveaway
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