How to Have a Stress-Free Morning / Local moms give their best tips for smooth school-day mornings

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Wendy Manwarren Generes
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August 23, 2017
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Here, local moms share their best advice on making the a.m. less hairy and getting everyone out the door on time (sans tears).
 
Preparing as much as possible the night before! I find mornings to be chaotic otherwise. –Kathryn, Dallas
 
We struggle with eating, so it's a Clif Kid (or some other) protein bar and fruit for breakfast. It helps because I don't have to monitor breakfast, and I can focus on the baby. —Emily, Farmers Branch
 
Plan breakfast meals for the whole week on Sunday. –Chillon, Dallas
 
Load the car the night before with non-perishables — such as suits and cleats for after-school swim lessons and soccer practice. –Annie, Fort Worth
 
I try to stick with one simple routine: Wake up, put on clothes picked out the night before, eat breakfast, brush teeth and hair, put shoes on and let's go. I pack lunches the night before so all I have to do is transfer them from fridge to backpack. –Mary Jo, Frisco
 
Divide and conquer. I get the kids up, dressed and fed while my husband walks the dogs and assembles lunches. –Michelle, Fort Worth
 
I let my kids get some extra sleep while I get up earlier to get everything ready. When they wake up, they use the restroom, wash their hands, brush their teeth, get dressed, then come downstairs where they can start breakfast (usually I've put fruit out for them) while I toast a bagel or something. Lunches and backpacks are all ready, even shoes are sitting out (because who hasn't had a last-minute scramble to find a missing shoe?). So they eat, they clear their spots, load the dishwasher and put their shoes on. No idle time means they don't have a chance to complain or whine. –Colleen, Dallas
 
I have no shame in saying it: I have my kids sleep in their clothes on the mornings that we have to be out extra early. –Dana, Richardson
 
Getting my kids to eat quickly is my struggle, so smoothies are a must. They can finish them in the car if need be, and it’s an easy way for me to get veggies, chia, hemp seeds and flax into their diets. I use the frozen fruit, so I load the blender the night before and just add banana and any liquids in the morning. –Julia, Dallas
 
Lay their clothes out the night before. It saves time and tears (mostly). –Allison, Denton 
 
This year, I am customizing routine charts for mornings and bedtimes with recognizable task icons to hang at little kid eye level. –Nilli, Dallas
 
Get the kids in their first day outfits a few days before to make sure everything fits and shoes are comfortable enough for a long day. Then take a few photos. You'll be way less rushed the morning of and have photos ready to share! (I also use this strategy with Halloween costumes.) –Nicole, Colleyville
 
I make a variety of snack bags on Sundays so the kids can grab one for each day. –Sophia, McKinney


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