6 ways to help get your kids out the door faster

Your morning doesn't have to be chaotic.

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  • If you are a normal mom, then you understand the chaos that happens every morning. Everyone is running around trying to find everything. Someone is crying about what they are wearing and someone else has completely forgotten to do some homework while you are struggling to find your keys.

  • When you finally make it out the door, you promise yourself this will never happen again. Unfortunately, the next morning the same panic and chaos happens again.

  • Here are six ways to help you get your kids out the door faster (and more importantly, in a calmer fashion).

  • 1. Music

  • Music is a fun way for kids to have a beat to move to as they get ready. Put on happy music; you will be surprised at the power music has on your kids. They will be in a better mood and more excited about their day. It will also help the kids stay on task better and stop dragging their feet.

  • 2. Breakfast

  • Make sure you have time to sit down and eat breakfast together. If you are sitting down eating with them, they will eat more, eat faster and enjoy breakfast more. Kids want attention, and one of the best ways to give it to them is during meal times.

  • 3. Prep the night before

  • Pull out clothes, find all the backpacks, talk about homework, find shoes, find keys, plan meals and talk about schedules. Prepping the night before will not only help the morning go smoother, but it will also teach your children about what is important in their life and in your life.

  • 4. Let the kids choose

  • When you are preparing the night before, let the kids pick what they want to wear, what they want for breakfast, where they want to sit in the car, when they want to leave the house by, etc. If you let them be part of the decision process, the next morning they will be more motivated to complete their tasks.

  • 5. Rethink your routine

  • Usually kids love to eat breakfast but hate to get dressed — switch around what order they do things. Make sure they get dressed before they eat breakfast. This will motivate them to do it faster.

  • In other words, have your kids do the tasks they dislike most first so they can spend as much time needed on those and then quickly finish the rest of their morning routine.

  • 6. Give rewards

  • Reward your kids for finishing a task, whether it's as simple as putting a sticker on their chore chart or allowing them to read for 15 more minutes, have a little extra breakfast or play with their toys a little longer. There are so many options to reward your kids for completing their tasks. Try different things and pick the best ones for your children.

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  • Mornings are hard, but with a little preparation, you can tweak your morning routines to make mornings easier for your children and yourself.

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Christa is a part time photographer, part time writer and full time lover of life. She loves eating chocolate chip cookies and singing (but not at the same time). She has her degree in political science.

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