Mornings are brutal. No two ways about it.
As head of the early morning household rush, I feel like a cross between a cheerleader and an Army logistics expert — whatever it takes to get the family out of the door and on time to school, work or warfare.
You know, the usual.
But there’s always something that trips us up: If the kid can’t find her shoes, the wife can’t shut down her computer. Breakfast can’t be decided upon. Homework is lost. Then the garbage cans are in the way of the car — thanks garbage collector! — or the neighbor has double parked on that one morning when you have no time to spare.
Something — anything, everything! – always intervenes to turn those already frantic mornings into clusterfudges of monumental proportions.
In those hectic moments, I always think: We are three people. How is this so difficult? And why can’t these people physically get. out. of. the. house!
Then I cool out and recall some of the more unusual things I’ve tried to make mornings a breeze … or at the very least less frantic. Yes, I’ve tried all the usual, craptastic Ann Landers ways you read about every now and then: get up early, get ready before the kids, drink coffee, communicate, not kill them all.
These are not those.
So here goes … the Top 7 Ways to Beat the Morning Rush:
Mike Adamick writes at Cry It Out! He’ll be sleeping on his blog’s couch, once his wife gets wind of this.
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