It shouldn’t be so complicated right? You have three ingredients: a new day, someplace to go, and your kids – who are human beings AKA members of a very highly evolved species. BUT YOU GUYS. This simple task can break you. Check out these parents’ tweets on all the ways getting kids dressed and out the door can go terribly, terribly sideways.
First, you must lovingly rouse your little angels.
Waking up kids for school:
1st try: Time to wake up.
3rd try: Please get up.
10th try: GET YOUR BUTT UP NOW!
Kids: Why are you yelling?
— 👻Sarcastic Mommy👻 (@sarcasticmommy4) April 26, 2017
You might assume they know what the next logical step is. Don’t assume that.
What I say to my son: "Get dressed."
His interpretation: "Stand around naked watching television with one sock on."
— Sarah del Rio (@sarahdelri0) February 3, 2015
Time-management isn’t really a thing.
90% of getting your kids ready for school in the morning is yelling, "YOU DON'T HAVE TIME FOR THIS!"
— Meredith (@PerfectPending) January 21, 2016
Leave some time to find lost things that could be anywhere in your house or nowhere at all.
Me, to kids: "Listen- if we find your sister's shoe in the next 3 minutes, we'll still be on time for school."
Then we laughed & laughed.
— Stephanie Ortiz (@Six_Pack_Mom) November 10, 2016
Make no mistake: the clock is your enemy.
Amazing how quickly our morning shifts from "We have plenty of time" to "Just put your eggs in your pocket and bring a fork, MOVE! LET'S GO!"
— Lurkin' Mom (@LurkAtHomeMom) November 16, 2017
Factor in time for weeping.
Getting my kids to school in the morning without anyone crying is like solving a Rubik's Cube made out of emotions.
— The Dad (@thedad) January 14, 2016
There are important decisions to be made about what makes it into the backpack…
Sorry we're late. It's "bring your favorite stuffed animal to school" day and my son could only narrow it down to 307.
— Lurkin' Mom (@LurkAtHomeMom) March 7, 2017
… And certain speed bumps simply can’t be avoided.
One of the hardest parts of teaching your kids to be independent is watching them tie their shoes for 8 minutes.
— Simon Holland (@simoncholland) January 4, 2017
Especially when it’s slightly chilly outside.
“Hi, my daughter will be late to school because she can zip up her jacket by herself.”
— Julie Burton (@ksujulie) November 9, 2017
Maybe next time you’ll plan ahead a little better??
Sorry we’re late. I only budgeted 2 hours of time to get my family out the door.
— Jessie (@mommajessiec) July 26, 2018