The optimal schedule for avoiding morning madness

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The optimal schedule for avoiding morning madness

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Morning madness. Boy, don't we moms know this well. Getting you and your kids out the door in the morning, can be crazy. It can drive you nuts. The moms who do this really well, say you have to be acutely organized. Have a plan and stick to it as best you can. Have a set schedule; wake up, breakfast, pack lunches, get backpacks ready, and so on. Have a plan for who does what, when. Have the kids participate. It is very empowering for them. With that being said, kids will be kids, and there will be glitches. You have to know your kids really well, so that you adapt. For instance, your son won't get up on time? Set the alarm 15 minutes earlier. If your daughter won't get dressed ever? The night before, have her help pick out clothes with you, so she has a buy in. Finally, make it fun. Carve out five minutes to shoot hoops before you go off to school and work. You'll all be happier campers.

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Barbara Turvett

Working Mother Magazine Executive Editor

As Working Mother magazine’s Executive Editor, Barbara Turvett is integrally involved in the magazine’s editorial viewpoint and planning. She oversees and edits women’s, family and work life content, top edits the entire magazine and also contributes to workingmother.com. Barbara has specialized in parenting, women’s health and education topics throughout her career. She has written and edited for many national publications and websites, among them Parenting, Parents, Family Circle, Weight Watchers, Child, McCall’s, Sesame Street Parents, Healthy Kids, Men’s Fitness and American Baby magazines. Barbara has edited two award-winning early childhood education books, and she has written a health book and edited several cookbooks for Weight Watchers Publishing Group. Prior to life in publishing, she was an actress and singer and performed in film, theatre and nightclubs. Barbara enjoys life in New York City with her husband, teenage daughter and pet cockatiel.

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