1. Make lunches ahead. Better yet, get your kids to make their own lunches ahead. If possible, make lunches for the upcoming week on the weekends and put them in the freezer. Chop lots of vegetables and fruit and put them in a container so you can grab a few in the morning.
2. Make breakfast ahead. Pancakes freeze beautifully and can easily be thawed in the microwave. Even if you're a cereal-and-milk family, how much faster is it when you've got the cereal, utensils, and bowls already on the table the night before?
3. Add some extra minutes. Getting up fifteen minutes earlier is painful, especially during the cold winter months, but it can save you lots of rushing-around stress for the rest of the day.
4. Set out clothes for the week ahead. Not that this has ever happened to me, but if you're ever heard people on the other side of the house yelling, "Mom! Dad! Where are my socks?" two minutes before the school bell rings, you know how stressful last-minute dressing can be. Take the sock hunt out of the routine and your life will be easier. If you wash their socks pinned together, you won't have such a hard time finding mates, either.
5. Bathe your kids less often. I know some parents love to play with their kids at bath time. Not me. Sitting on the cold tile floor watching them empty shampoo bottles and throw toilet paper in the water causes me major stress. But seriously, if you bathe your kids every day, you're spending some major time drying out their skin and pouring soapy water down the drain. Unless they're really dirty, you probably don't need to spend as much time on baths as many parents do.
How do you save time during your kids' school routine?