Tuesday

Dealing with the Morning Rush



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Plan, plan, plan and a little more planning. This school year, our mornings have been more rushed and out of sorts with three kids going to school. I have a couple of kids who are as slow as molasses and no matter what time I wake them up they are down at the table the same time! So as a mom, I have to plan and get as much as I can ready the night before. This really helps a lot and makes the mornings go smoother.

My nightly routine is...

* Lay out all their clothes (from undies to pants)
* Make lunches. I even fill their water thermos and put it in the frig the night before.
* Lay out bowls, spoons and cereal on the table.
* Make sure all binders, papers and backpacks are ready. Sometimes we even put them in the car the night before!
* I even lay out their vitamins on the table.



I have been known to put toothpaste on the toothbrushes the night before BUT my kids were not to fond of that! The point of all this, is that anything that can be done the night before makes our mornings better. I have talked before that I make a breakfast schedule. Cereal is the perfect and easy breakfast in our house. I know eating healthy cereal with piece of fruit will hold my kids till lunch. I usually have about 2 to 3 types of cereal for my kids to pick from. Also, cereal is a great breakfast because the kids can clean up and put their bowls in the dishwasher. It is perfect for those mornings that you feel rushed!

We also put our cereal in bags and eat in the car when we are running late~

How does your family avoid the "morning rush"?

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114 comments:

  1. I get up earlier than the kids to get their breakfast ready.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  2. When my step-daughter was school aged, I made sure she got up in plenty of time to get ready and have a good breakfast. We always organized her clothes and back pack the night before so she could maximize her morning time and get off to a good start.

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  3. http://twitter.com/fostertam/status/26495922753

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  4. Make sure i'm up and ready BEFORE i have to get the kids up...then i'm not fighting for the bathroom and i'm available to help with their needs.

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  5. by doing most things the night before
    rmartinclarke at gmail dot com

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  6. http://twitter.com/#!/rsmc1/status/26500666264
    rmartinclarke at gmail dot com

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  7. We pack up everything the night before and I have the breakfast menu up for the school week or discuss the morning with them the night before
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  8. tweet
    http://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/26504685284
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  9. I lay out my daughter’s clothes the night before and plan out all the meals for the following day, the night before.

    pittsy82@hotmail.com

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  10. Tweeted http://twitter.com/pittsy82/status/26514872009

    pittsy82@hotmail.com

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  11. we would have everything laid out the night before, clothes picked out, baths taken, early bedtime

    debbiebellows[at]gmail[dot]com

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  12. tweet http://twitter.com/bellows22/statuses/26515069071

    debbiebellows[at]gmail[dot]com

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  13. Like you, we lay out everything the night before. Before sleep I even visualize how my morning will go, that way I work out all the kinks!

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  14. I also do as much as possible the night before (but not the toothpaste).

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  15. blogged: http://slehan.blogspot.com/2010/10/win-100-week-4.html

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  16. Grab a granola bar and a banana, then I'm out the door.

    kkiimmiieecc (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  17. we are fed, clothed and prepped to leave at least 15 minutes before the buss arrives or it's time to go to work. that way we have a chance to "chill" before the onslaught of the day
    raggammuffin@gmail.com

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  18. tweeted
    http://twitter.com/raggammuffin/status/26543493725

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  19. we pack everything the night before & set our clocks for 20 min before we really need to get up so as to get a jump on the day birdson@roadrunner.com

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  20. The way we avoided the morning rush was to have everything done the night before..backpacks with homework in them, clothes laid out,lunches packed, breakfast planned for,and getting up in plenty of time to not have to rush

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  21. tweet
    http://twitter.com/Grandma3710/status/26559890751

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  22. When we're looking at a busy morning, I generally lay clothing out and prepare lunches the night before. When running late, grabbing at least a banana and breakfast bar as we're running out the door is a must.
    chainmail(at) iwon(dot)com

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  23. I tweeted
    http://twitter.com/The_Sunshyn/status/26569390235

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  24. We homeschool, so we have a little freedom to not deal with a time constarint, so we have a morning routine that the kids know they have to complete before we start the day. They have to have their Quiet/Bible Time, Clean their room, make their bed, get dressed, brush their teeth, wash their face, and eat breakfast.

    Jenni Carlisle
    carlisleclanconversation@hotmail.com
    carlisleclanconversation.blogspot.com

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  25. My boys are up by 6:30am so we don't really have a "morning rush" but I still get up earlier than them and have their breakfast ready for them when they wake up.
    dgoodridge84@yahoo.com

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  26. We get everything ready the night before and have cereal and a glass of juice.
    marybug2@yahoo.com

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  27. I TWEETED YOUR GIVE AWAY
    http://twitter.com/marybug2/status/26601957195
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  28. The only way to avoid the morning rush is to prepare as much as possible the night before!
    adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

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  29. Tweet! http://twitter.com/LAMusing/status/26612210746
    adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

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  30. Morning are always a rush whether we are rushing or not. Too many things to remember and get together but we do as much as possible the night before, clothes out, talk about breakfast etc.
    gmissycat@yahoo.com

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  31. Tweeted giveaway here!
    http://twitter.com/gmissycat/status/26612225631
    gmissycat@yahoo.com

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  32. Lay out clothes and school work the night before. Have breakfast partially ready - bowls and spoons out and cereal ready to pour. Just add milk and off you go!
    bingomamanorma(at)gmail(dot)com

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  33. Prepare as much as you can the night before.

    scoopster(nospam)at yahoo dot com

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  34. Tweet
    http://twitter.com/LuigiFranco/status/26613623143

    scoopster(nospam)at yahoo dot com

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  35. As my kids are teenagers, they get themselves going in the morning. They hate to be late! The biggest thing I do is set up the coffee the night before and have it start on a timer...love waking to the smell of fresh coffee!
    Megan: mnatherson at comcast dot net

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  36. Well, we actually avoid it by homeschooling! :) If I had kids who were leaving for school in the morning, though, I would totally lay out their clothes and things the night before.

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  37. I'm all about laying everything out early too - and then I always make sure to stick a can of Diet Pepsi in the fridge the night before - it's my "fuel" in the mornings!

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  38. Mornings are just mean!
    No one in my family likes anything about mornings. We rush (even when we get up earlier) and hurry out the door.
    It's something about our genetic makeup, I think!

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  39. I iron all the clothes the night before & lay them out- even shoes. I also pack the bag the night before.

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  40. We try to get everything packed and together the night before - school backpacks, lunches, folders filled out, notes to teachers, clothes laid out, mommy's work lunch made, I even lay out my jewelry - THEN I make sure to get up a little before the kiddos to get coffee made, breakfast made, etc. Of course, I have a new baby due the end of this month, so our morning routines may be a little out of whack for a while!! :)

    jamieandandre at bellsouth dot net

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  41. Oatmeal - two minutes and portable. Amen.
    shutterboo at gmail dot com

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  42. Getting everything ready the night before really does make a huge difference!

    spcase at gmail dot com

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  43. http://twitter.com/tigergal01/status/26657460275

    tweet

    ~eunice b
    tigergal01 @gmail .com

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  44. Making a batch of baked oatmeal and then having it on hand to warm up for breakfasts throughout the week. Super easy! We also like to pack lunches the night before!

    ~eunice b
    tigergal01 @gmail .com

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  45. I usually set up clothing and items the day before, and also I often put cereal boxes and bowls/spoons on the kitchen table. Thanks!

    shevilkenevil1 at aol dot com

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  46. Tweet:
    http://twitter.com/lipstickncandy/status/26657602924

    shevilkenevil1 at aol dot com

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  47. We go to sleep early and then I wake up earlier than my daughter.

    MCantu1019@aol.com

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  48. Preparing as much as possible the night before helps tremendously!

    Leigh
    breezysmom123@gmail.com

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  49. We get everything ready before going to bed. Clothing, cereal in ziploc bags for the "oops I don't have time for a sit-down bowl of cereal" and that's how we roll. We lay the school back pack and the bag of recycle water bottles and pop cans by the door too so she can take it to school for extra credit. They are promoting green living! We try to plan ahead.

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  50. we put backpacks in the car at night and make lunches and lay out clothes at night too.
    tcogbill at live dot com

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  51. I am like you, I let my son eat cereal, a pop tart or anything easy... or he eats breakfast at school and socializes with his friends

    rsmstahley @ adelphia dot net

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  52. I tweeted http://twitter.com/rsmstahley/status/26681219472

    rsmstahley @ adelphia dot net

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  53. WHAT I DO IS PREPARE AS MUCH AS I CAN THE NIGHT BEFOR. IT MAKES IT S0 MUCH EASIER FOR ME CAUSE I DO HAVE 4 KIDS OF MY OWN TO PREPARE EVERYTHING FOR. WHITECARRIE692YAHOO.COM

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  54. WHAT I DO IS PREPARE AS MUCH AS I CAN THE NIGHT BEFOR. IT MAKES IT S0 MUCH EASIER FOR ME CAUSE I DO HAVE 4 KIDS OF MY OWN TO PREPARE EVERYTHING FOR. WHITECARRIE69@YAHOO.COM

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  55. I ALSO TWEETED http://twitter.com/whitecarrie69/status/26684225777 WHITECARRIE69@YAHOO.COM

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  56. My kids are pretty self sufficient for breakfast. They love yogurt cups, so that is a no brainer. What I do do that makes life easier for them is pre-cut the English muffins and bagels. My older son is old enough to toast them himself, but I don’t quite trust his knife skills yet, so if they are already cut, it’s one less thing we have to worry about.

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  57. i try to avoid the morning rush by waking up earlier than the rest of the family and getting things done so i can head out the door before anyone wakes up

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  58. Made my kids independent early (young). They laid out their own clothes. They all had resposibilities and shared in the daily routines including breakfast. The family sit together for breakfast. My daughter has 6 and as young as 2 they have tasks. She doesn't have the time to lay out their clothes but she does have the time to teach them to do it for themselves. Doing it for them only saves time in the short run.

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  59. Tweet http://twitter.com/sodahoney/status/26710938330

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  60. We have a list of what is "expected" for them to do before we start school. They can't start school until their chores are done...getting to bed early is great too...not that I am doing that right now!

    leahforlove(at)aol(dot)com

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  61. tweet tweet!
    http://twitter.com/#!/leahforlove/status/26716591085

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  62. We try to get everything ready the night before

    floatingonabiscuit at gmail.com

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  63. To be the Morning rush we make sure ALL homework is done and backpack is packed and ready. Most important? Get everyone out of bed on time!
    panicxduh[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  64. I prepare most things the night before so that our mornings run more smoothly. I make lunches, prepare bags and place them by the door, clean up, etc. We also usually have a "quick" breakfast of a cereal bar, cereal or toasted waffles with peanut butter :)

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  65. I get up a little earlier than necessary, and that helps a lot.

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  66. We eat something quick-like cereal and milk! thanks for a chance to win!
    kmassman gmail

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  67. I keep cereal and fruit on hand for busy mornings.
    amandarwest at gmaildotcom

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  68. Tweeted http://twitter.com/amandawk/status/26804660538

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  69. I tweeted
    http://twitter.com/tracylr233/status/26806925168

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  70. We avoid the morning rush because I prep everything the night before! thanks
    bleatham*at*gmail.com

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  71. tweet
    http://twitter.com/#!/sleatham1/status/26817505545
    bleatham*at*gmail.com

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  72. I make sure everyone is up with plenty of time to get ready - so there is no morning rush
    bepoia(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  73. We pack backpacks and lunch bags the night before. We also lay out clothes at night too, which saves time in the morning.

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

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  74. http://twitter.com/susan1215/status/26876635585

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  75. I make sure that backpacks are packed the night before, so we are not looking for papers and books in the morning.
    marcia.goss@gmail.com

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  76. Tweet.
    http://twitter.com/mgoss123/status/26887219038
    marcia.goss@gmail.com

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  77. Have to do a little planning the night before..gather books, homework, shoes, clothes ready to go and all the unrefrigerated breakfast items already on the table.
    susitravl(at)gmail(dot)com

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  78. We get stuff ready he night before.

    gevin13{at}gmail{dot}com

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  79. tweet
    http://twitter.com/pixie13sweeps/status/26893113907

    gevin13{at}gmail{dot}com

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  80. When I packed lunches I put everything I could into the lunch bags the night before except anything that would get soggy...
    I also froze the drinks so they'd be cold still at lunchtime.

    couponboss at gmail dot com

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  81. We try to do as much as possible the night before. We get their snacks ready, put their clothes out. Most importantly, we get a good night's sleep the night before.

    pauleyd68 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  82. http://twitter.com/lpauld68/status/26955128122

    pauleyd68 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  83. Picking out the day's clothes the night before is a big help.

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  84. We try to get it all ready the night before but if we have to, we'll eat breakfast in the car.
    whitbrit AT gmail DOT com

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  85. We don't avoid the morning rush--it's inevitable. But quick breakfast foods like cold cereal and frozen waffles often save the day!
    digicat {AT} sbcglobal {DOT} net

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  86. I posted this on my blog.
    http://jennaiscorner.blogspot.com/p/kelloggs-moms-breakfast-club.html
    HobartsMama [at] aol.com

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  87. We are lucky to be able to avoid the morning rush by staggering times which everyone needs to get ready to go. This is a new ability for us, and it's great. Everyone tries to get up with plenty of time to get ready.

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  88. We avoid the "morning rush" by fixing lunches, packing back packs and laying out clothes the night before. We also have lots of cereal, yogurts, and fruit for a fast and easy breakfast.

    ShawnaMichelle@ymail.com

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  89. I tweeted
    http://twitter.com/ShawnaMichelle2/status/26980433958

    ShawnaMichelle@ymail.com

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  90. Our mornings are not too bad we generally get up early enough for breakfast usually poptarts, cereal, toast etc.
    sweokgrl@gmail.com

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  91. I tweeted
    sweokgrl@gmail.com
    http://twitter.com/bdiane34/status/26983963984

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  92. LOL - uh... I thought "morning rush" was one word. :-) My kids are just like me - ANYTHING to get a few minutes extra of sleep. So we get up at 6:21, start driving to the bus stop at 6:33, get to the bus stop at 6:38, and then the bus comes at 6:39.

    Email address is in blogger profile

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  93. I tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/bsw529/status/26985531904

    But I'm still thinking about the last question. I don't even want to read the other posts here to see if there are people who actually have blissfully calm mornings. I can't imagine a non-rushed morning.

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  94. We do a lot of what you do....lunches, clothes and papers are all ready for the morning.
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  95. tweeted: http://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/26990713527
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  96. we avoid the morning rush by preparing lunches and showers overnight! :)

    deeg131 at gmail dot com

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  97. tweeted! http://twitter.com/DeeGee13/status/26997208134

    deeg131 at gmail dot com

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  98. I get all of our clothes ready and prepare lunches the night before!
    sazzyfrazz at gmail dot com

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  99. WE ALL GET UP AT DIFFERENT TIMES OF THE DAY WHICH WORKS OUT PERFECTLY. NO ONE IS WAITING FOR THE BATHROOM LOL kytah00@yahoo.com

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  100. SECOND ENTRY TWEET (AS IN OFFICIAL RULES) http://twitter.com/#!/kytah00/status/27021772866 kytah00@yahoo.com

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  101. i get his school stuff ready the night before..luckily we have pm school so it's a little easier here in the am..but i do prep as much as i can the night before
    nannypanpan at sbcglobal.net

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  102. I cook breakfast before the kids get up and pick their clothes out the night before. uheeter at comcast.net

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  103. The morning rush is really not an issue for us (heaven knows, we have enough other ones!). We just know we have to get up and get moving, so we do so in plenty of time.

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  104. http://twitter.com/#!/won2x/status/27047515837

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  105. We avoid the morning rush by getting up a smidge earlier than necessary as well as getting as much ready the night before as possible.

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  106. Tweet! http://twitter.com/#!/rmgm/status/27053837609

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  107. We fix our lunches the night before and pack backpacks the night before.

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  108. Tweeted

    http://twitter.com/jillyrh/status/27058402818

    Thanks so much

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  109. prep the night before. Take turns for the bathroom

    m8usi@yahoo.com

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  110. tweeted:
    http://twitter.com/cappytweet/status/27068499460

    m8usi@yahoo.com

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  111. I get things ready the night before

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  112. I get things ready the night before too!

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  113. We always lay clothes out on the chair beside the beds, lay out breakfast food on the kitchen counter, and place needed packages in the car the night before. Doing these three simple things makes last minute "dashes" for "I can't finds" a thing of the past. ;>)

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