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School's in Session, and this Mama's Tired!

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 on Oct. 4, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Replies (41-50):
daerca574
by on Oct. 6, 2012 at 10:47 AM

 We just stick to the same routine.  I usually have to work so it really helps having their backpacks ready and clothes laid out the night before.

Bmat
by on Oct. 6, 2012 at 11:34 AM

I think a difference between summer and school is that in summer you can set your own schedule, but when school is in you have to march to their drummer.

countrygirlkat
by on Oct. 6, 2012 at 12:29 PM


Quoting TheBabyFactory4:

Its so easy now, I really don't even have to get out of bed some mornings. If dh is getting up for work he will go wake them up and they get dressed and brush their teeth. Then Jr brings his shoes for me or daddy to tie and the girls bring their hair stuff to me. If we don't get a snack the night before out, the girls get theirs and help Jr get his. The only time I have to get up is if dh goes in before 630 and I have to get the baby out anyway. They catch the bus at the driveway so they tell me bye and lock the door on the way out. I can hear them out my bedroom window.

That is awesome!

TheBabyFactory4
by on Oct. 6, 2012 at 12:34 PM
I know, last yr we actually had to put Jr on the bus bcuz he was in prek and that was the rules even with his sisters there. Plus they all required a little more help in the mornings just bcuz. Now they work with me better cuz I'm usually nursing the baby. It also makes it easy that they eat breakfast at school

Quoting countrygirlkat:


Quoting TheBabyFactory4:

Its so easy now, I really don't even have to get out of bed some mornings. If dh is getting up for work he will go wake them up and they get dressed and brush their teeth. Then Jr brings his shoes for me or daddy to tie and the girls bring their hair stuff to me. If we don't get a snack the night before out, the girls get theirs and help Jr get his. The only time I have to get up is if dh goes in before 630 and I have to get the baby out anyway. They catch the bus at the driveway so they tell me bye and lock the door on the way out. I can hear them out my bedroom window.

That is awesome!

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meglennox
by on Oct. 6, 2012 at 2:17 PM

 lol i still haven't figured that out and i only have a 5yr old, a 3yr old, and a 15month old.  school for the older two doesn't start until 9am (half day preschool/pre-k) and i still get a few days where we are running behind. :)

alliesmom112
by on Oct. 6, 2012 at 2:35 PM

We only have one child to get ready in the morning and so it is fairly easy to get out the door in the morning 

sukainah
by Member on Oct. 6, 2012 at 2:54 PM

I leave my youngest son in his pj's sometimes too.  It's just so much easier.

Quoting countrygirlkat:

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. 


Leelee1008
by on Oct. 6, 2012 at 5:34 PM

nothing wrong with baby in pjs lol

Quoting countrygirlkat:

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. 


Leelee1008
by on Oct. 6, 2012 at 5:36 PM

my oldest is in middle school, he gets up at 6. the only thing I have to do is get him up, make sure he has his clothes and give him his meds. He does the rest nnd I lay back down for an hour and then get our middle child up. I kinda like it lol.

Quoting TheBabyFactory4:

Its so easy now, I really don't even have to get out of bed some mornings. If dh is getting up for work he will go wake them up and they get dressed and brush their teeth. Then Jr brings his shoes for me or daddy to tie and the girls bring their hair stuff to me. If we don't get a snack the night before out, the girls get theirs and help Jr get his. The only time I have to get up is if dh goes in before 630 and I have to get the baby out anyway. They catch the bus at the driveway so they tell me bye and lock the door on the way out. I can hear them out my bedroom window.


Madelaine
by New Member on Oct. 6, 2012 at 7:10 PM

Sounds tiring!

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