How are mornings at your house? Our weekday mornings are bananas. It's best to start with some questions about the night before. Did everyone sleep? ... What time did they get up? You know, I used to be a morning person. These days I crave sleep like an angry bear.
Brian usually leaves for work early, but helps out as much as time allows, then I'm left with the cubs. Eating is the main goal of the morning routine and my kids like to get three solid meals under their belt before 8am. It starts with meal number one, usually cereal/oatmeal and some OJ. After this meal, the kids play, get dressed, and brush their teeth (fingers crossed). Then we move on to meal number two, maybe a smoothie and/or a hard boiled egg. Then we look (operative word) for socks, get shoes on, and backpacks packed. Then meal number three is the I'm STARVING meal. Usually consisting of whatever they can find, cereal bars, string cheese, or peanut butter toast as we run out the door. They might be Hobbits.
The thing that really gets me about the mornings is the chaos. It's a type of chaos that is almost unexplainable. Let me try to paint the picture...if I get the courage to actually take a shower (some days I dream big), I naturally need to hop out dripping wet, soap in hair, because the little one needs some URGENT post-potty assistance. It's a glamourous life.
One saving grace is the song trick. I read about this on Cup of Jo (as one does). When you need the kids to pack up, put their shoes on, and move towards the door (and I give them ten whole minutes to do so), I play a song as their cue. Because songs work better than words. We have been playing this. And even if we've been in meltdown mode, the song serves as a little pick-me-up. It also gets their butts out the door--spring in step!