Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Kellogg's, Week Nine: The Morning Rush, and a $100 Visa Gift Card

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This is the ninth of twelve weekly posts sponsored by BlogHer and Kellogg's. EACH POST will have its own $100 gift card giveaway. The plan is to have each giveaway start on Tuesday and run until the following Monday.

This week's topic is The Morning Rush: Do you have tips for making the morning routine simpler? And are there breakfast foods that make the morning simpler?


Our morning routine is more complicated this year than in any previous year. My eldest child catches a bus at 7:00, and then my second child catches a bus at 8:00, and then the twins go to kindergarten at noon.

One thing that has dramatically simplified things for me is having a watch that can be set to beep at certain times. It beeps to let me know it's almost time for the first child's bus, and it beeps again when it's almost time for the second child's bus. This has already saved me from missing several buses.

I also have several morning milestones in a set schedule: I always wake the first child when I get up to take my shower 5:45, and I always wake the second child right after the first child gets on the bus.

A third thing that helps tremendously is SIGNS. I haven't put up this year's yet because we're still figuring out when each child needs lace-up shoes for gym and when the second child needs to bring his clarinet and how to make one sign include four different children, but here's an example sign from last winter when things were simpler:


This year we're adding lace-up shoes, clarinet, and remembering to brush teeth, but the gist of it is the same: a sign by the door lets us make sure we're remembering everything for everybody. IN THEORY, the children are supposed to check the sign themselves; what actually happens is that I say "Did you do everything on the sign?" and they say "Yes!" and I say "Including remembering your lunch?" and they say "Yes!...oh, er, no."

Simple breakfast foods: for us it's cereal or muffins. Both are easy to dish up, easy to serve in shifts, and easy for the older kids to serve themselves.


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139 comments:

Jess said...

I don't really have a morning rush, because, well, I have no kids and no commute. But I WILL have a morning rush starting in a couple of years, so these tips are VERY HELPFUL. Especially that one about the timer for the bus! Clever! Making a mental note now.

missris said...

My mom has a great system for this: before she walks out the door she says to herself "food, felines, furnace." It's a reminder to get her lunch, feed the cats, and turn down the air. I just love that. I haven't implemented anything nearly as organized yet but I'm trying!

marilyn c. cole said...

I have no idea if Kellogg's makes anything like this, but I'm always trying to fit non-sugary things in the mornings so I don't have that late-morning crash, and one that I love is the Amy's Breakfast Burrito. I've made a big batch of eggy scramble burritos on a weekend before and frozen em, and they turned out pretty well, and helped me get a little more vegetables in my day. Not as helpful for kids' breakfasts, though, maybe.

I love the in/on list. I should make one for myself.

Jenn said...

If we're really in a rush, we throw dry cereal in a baggy and milk in a sports bottle and head out the door. It's like cereal without the bowl/spoon. Sometimes we will grab a granola bar and do the same thing.

Superjules said...

If I'm really in a rush (like I'm sure I will be this morning after spending my time reading blogs and not getting ready for school) I'll eat, uh, nothing. And buy something when I get there. The upswing of that is that I can have a bagel and it feels like a reward for going to school.

beyond said...

my morning rush is just keeping track of me, so i consider myself lucky... i love the idea of a beeper to keep everyone more or less on track!

Mami2jcn said...

Yogurt is a quick breakfast!

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sara m said...

I get everything ready the night before, including putting bowls and spoons out, lining up cups, grouping lunch stuff in the fridge. The less I have to use my brain the better!

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Julie said...

Sometimes we have fruit and granola bars in the car on the way to preschool!

Julie said...

Packing lunchboxes the night before has helped my sanity immensely. I do it while I'm cleaning up after dinner and tuck it in the fridge so I have one less thing to worry about in the morning.

fostertam said...

There aren't any children at home anymore, but when my daughter was that age she was usually in such a rush that she grabbed some cereal or toaster strudels--once a week I would try and fix a hot breakfast like eggs and toast--she also liked those microwaved pancakes--those are really easy!!

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Elizabeth said...

We get everything read the night before, and we have a list by the back door as well, which at least helps me to remember to brush the kids teeth, which I have a terrible time with. And we walk to school so sometimes he eats dry cereal from a bag as we walk.

trina said...

my kids are still little so the am rush hasn't really started yet i suppose...i'll take i'll the advice i can though. We love having Zucchini bread in the am.

Erica said...

We don't really have a morning rush, per say. But if we happen to be running late for preschool, I'll put some cereal in a little snack-sized ziplock bag and Maddie eats it on the way. We used to eat a cereal bar on the way to daycare when I was still working.

St said...

My kids are allowed yogurt and cereal. They have to get dressed first so that if they linger over breakfast I don't have to go into shrill mom mode!

Tabathia said...

Poptarts and toast with jelly make the breakfast routine simple
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Emily said...

Cereal, pop tarts, and frozen waffles are my simple breakfasts.

Jana said...

I try to do as much at night as I can to avoid the morning rush - pack lunches, load backpacks, etc. I don't always succeed, but I try. :)

ashley m said...

Sometimes, I wake up and move at the speed of a snail. Because I know this is bound to happen when I don't need it to, I usually prep my coffee maker the night before. I have a coffeemaker with a timer, so I line it with a filter, fill it the night before, and set it to start brewing 5 minutes before I get up. Before I had this particular coffeemaker, I just prepped it the night before, turned it on when I got up, and washed my face and brushed my hair while it brewed. I usually have my lunch for the day already made too and everything I plan to take with me set out (purse/tote bag, car keys, work papers, and anything that needs to be dropped off). 3 huge time savers--I get to eat my breakfast, get dressed, and even watch some headline news without being late.

The Gori Wife said...

I have one kid and have to be at preschool by 9am and we barely make it every day, and only then because of the simple grace of chunky dry cereal in ziplock baggies. Morning people we are not.

divrchk said...

I am definitely trying to have clothes picked out the night before. Showering for me is not a necessity.

Nicole Greene said...

I lay out my daughter’s clothes the night before and plan out all the meals for the following day, the night before.

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Barb @ getupandplay said...

Making sure I have run the dishwasher before I go to bed so I have clean dishes (specifically bottles and sippies) in the morning is key for us.

The other lifesaver has been a car seat with cup holders so if we have to rush out in the morning my toddler can eat dry cereal and have a sippie of milk in the car.

Kimie Weaver said...

Grab a granola bar and a banana, then I'm out the door.

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kari jasus said...

our favorite to go breakfast are muffins. i usually bake a batch once a week and keep them in th freezer, then pop them in the mircowave when it's time to go.
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Birdie S. said...

we pack everything the night before & set our clocks for 20 min before we really need to get up so as to get a jump on the day birdson@roadrunner.com

Jen in MI said...

My kids each have their own alarm clocks so that in theory they are waking up on time. Daughter (8) hops right up. Son(5) sleeps through very annoying beeping until I drag him out of bed. Each child has a "to do before leaving" list. Mostly teeth, eat, pack lunch, shoes, etc. Son's chart has clip art since he can't read yet. I have to drive them to school so I'm getting ready when they are. We still end up running out the door most mornings...

Jessica E said...

I only have two tips - one, make sure all lunches are made the night before so I just have to pop them out of the fridge and onto the counter, two, have breakfast planned so either myself or husband knows they are in charge and what is on hand and what will be made...

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Mama Bub said...

We make pancakes on the weekend and load them with good stuff: fruit, raisins, cinnamon, whatever. Then I freeze them and toast them during the week. It takes no time and can be an on-the-go breakfast for mornings when there's no time to sit at the table.

may said...

I make one-minute oatmeal a lot. And, if the kids are lucky, I'll mash a banana into it and mix in a teeny bit of juice (which will sometimes turn the oatmeal a different color - am I an exciting mom or what??).

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Doing my best said...

We try to simplify morning by doing everything we possibly can the night before: set out clothes and shoes, make sure backpack is packed and by the door, pack lunch, set out bowl and spoon and box of cereal for breakfast at the person's spot on the table.

Smarti said...

Nothing is easier than oatmeal with fruit
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Betty N said...

To make the morning go smoother, do as much as possible the night before:pack lunches, put completed homework back in the backpack,make lunches. I also get up before anyone else and have my breakfast so I am ready to help everyone to have a calm start to their day

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The Sunshyn said...

My tip to making the morning routine easier is to do as much of it as possible the night before. If everything requiring thinking (like picking out what to wear and what to pack for lunch) is done, there's that much less to ditz on with the foggy morning brain. :)
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Danielle said...

The easiest breakfast that we eat are nutrigrain bars and poptarts.
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Jen said...

I love to make my grab n go homemade breakfast bars. They are like granola bars on steroids!

meeyeehere said...

I go for the yogurt with granola or fruit! Thanks so much and have a wonderful week!
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marybug2 said...

Our easy breakfast is cereal and fruit. I love frostrd mini wests or frosted flakes and the rest of the family like coco puffs or frosted flakes with fruit.
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gmissycat said...

Best tip of all, Get plenty of sleep the night before and eat a bowl of cereal before going to sleep!
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Racingjourno said...

A healthy protein shake takes no time at all.

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LAMusing said...

Cold cereal with some fresh fruit, or instant oatmeal in the cold months. Fast and nutritious!
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Norma said...

Prepare as much as possible the night before! I leave a post it by the door with a quick checklist so nothing is left behind.
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Karate Mom said...

Our mornings are pretty simple because we homeschool and therefore don't have to be out the door for anything. However, I do like to have cereal on hand all the time because it makes a simple morning just that much simpler!

TruthHole said...

I lay the kids clothes out before bed so we have no battle in the morning about the missing shoe and all that.We eat breakfast bars,cereal bars if we are in a big hurry

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Champagne Wisdom said...

We try to get everything packed and together the night before - school backpacks, lunches, folders filled out, notes to teachers, clothes laid out, mommy's work lunch made, I even lay out my jewelry - THEN I make sure to get up a little before the kiddos to get coffee made, breakfast made, etc. Of course, I have a new baby due the end of this month, so our morning routines may be a little out of whack for a while!! :)

My son is a big cereal eater and I also try to make things I can freeze and easily pull out and pop in the oven!

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Anonymous said...

Making a batch of baked oatmeal and then having it on hand to warm up for breakfasts throughout the week. Super easy!

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Tracy said...

Prepare and pack lunch(es) the night before as well as sign school stuff and have back pack ready by the back door. Breakfast is usually a yogurt drink and a granola bar. =-)

Katy said...

For breakfast- we usually do the toaster waffles, cereal, or yogurt.

Brooke said...

I'm a fan of instant oatmeal. Put on the kettle, have a safe cup and take it on the road. I love a portable breakfast that isn't messy.
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Shari said...

My son is a dawdler so I have plenty of time to get everything done while he eats. The only things I offer for weekday breakfast are waffles with honey, toast, or cereal. It's a good thing that my husband is flexible with daycare dropoff times or the kid would starve.

Amber said...

We set up clothing the night before, and we set up bowls/spoons and cereal boxes on the kitchen the night before.

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Anonymous said...

Pop-tarts hot or cold are perfect and quick.

Susan said...

I either add milk to the cereal or toast some bread and spread some peanut butter on it. Sometimes I will have bagels in the house and cream cheese for the busy mornings.

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katychick said...

fruit and ceral make the morning easier for breakfast time.
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Deb said...

My kids are pretty self sufficient for breakfast. They love yogurt cups, so that is a no brainer. What I do do that makes life easier for them is pre-cut the English muffins and bagels. My older son is old enough to toast them himself, but I don’t quite trust his knife skills yet, so if they are already cut, it’s one less thing we have to worry about.

wigget said...

we keep it simple with cereal and milk

Darcy said...

I always make sure and have everything laid out and ready to go – keys & cell phone together, lunch packed and stuff for the gym ready and waiting!

Leah @ A Butterfly In My Stomach said...

To keep our mornings simple we eat cereal!

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floating said...

Toaster strudels are my to go to food when i am short on time
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Anonymous said...

What makes mornings easier for me is for me to get up about 2 hours before everyone else. I get organized for the day, cook, clean, and ensure I know what's going on with my child's schedule that day.

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Mary Helen said...

I prepare most things the night before so that our mornings run more smoothly. I make lunches, prepare bags and place them by the door, pick out clothes, clean up, etc. We also usually have a "quick" breakfast of a cereal bar, cereal or toasted waffles with peanut butter :)

Bonnie @ See How She Runs said...

granola bars/ fruit for simle breakfast

Melanie said...

I always try to make my lunch the night before - of course then I always try to not forget it in the fridge in the morning.

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Susan C. said...

I love your idea for the signs! What a great idea!

Tracy R said...

Having ready-to-eat foods on hand make morning times a lot simpler. I keep bananas, granola clusters and usually have a supply of baked breakfast goods around, like danish or muffins.

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amandawk said...

I keep cereal and fruit on hand for busy mornings.
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sodahoney said...

We stick to the easy hot and cold cereal. Preparing the night before everything ready is a key

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erin m. said...

I make & Freeze Lunches for the week ahead of time.
This way you have time to tend to those morning mishaps that are just BOUND to happen!
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allysmama said...

We avoid the morning rush because I prep everything the night before! For breakfast, we eat cereal, grits or bagels because they are quick and easy to prepare!
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Courtney said...

What makes our morning routine simpler is coffee. :)

No, really, I think it helps most to have a designated area for everything to be kept together (i.e. lunch boxes, bags, shoes, jackets, etc for each child stored in the same place each day). Seems kind of obvious, but it works.

AmyNaab said...

One thing that makes our mornings easier is uniforms - I loathe out of uniform days :)

We also get up earlier then we need to. It is a pain but rushing around really puts everyone in a bad mood,

bepoia said...

I leave fruit and peanut butter and bread on the kitchen counter-everyone helps themselves
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susitravl said...

Cereal boxes, bowls, napkins and spoons on the table - keys on the counter - shoes by the door. That's the only way we make it out of the house on time in the mornings!
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Stacy said...

Ugh, mornings. We are still working on getting out the door without yelling or crying. But one thing that seems to help is limiting choice. One of two things for breakfast, choice of three shirts. I think having a boy helps...no accessories!

susan1215 said...

We have quick foods for breakfast like cereal, bagles and yogurt.

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pixie13 said...

Get everything together the night before. It makes mornings much smoother

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Kristen said...

My favorite quick breakfast is quick cook oatmeal with dried cranberries and cashews.

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PauleyD said...

We try to do as much as possible the night before. We get their snacks ready, put their clothes out. Most importantly, we get a good night's sleep the night before.

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cdabs said...

Planning, planning, planning. I like to pick out the day's clothes the night before and go for quick and easy breakfast foods, like cereal, yogurt and bagels.

Terri said...

I can't say enough good things about dry cereal with banans for a car ride--no fighting, no big messes, it's perfect.
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Jennai said...

Instant oatmeal and cold cereal are staples in our house -- great for rushed mornings! Make sure you always have some on hand, along with milk to go with it and maybe some bananas to put in it.
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Tammigirl said...

For us a simple breakfast is either cereal, eggs, or pancakes. Two of us love oatmeal, but the others do not.

Allison said...

Maggie's go to breakfast is one of 3 things: a cereal bar, a pop tart or dry cereal. She is not one to eat much for breakfast and she does get a morning snack at school around 8:30.

Shawna said...

We avoid the "morning rush" by fixing lunches, packing back packs and laying out clothes the night before. We also have lots of cereal, yogurts, and fruit for a fast and easy breakfast.

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bdiane34 said...

Our routine is pretty simple, cereal, poptarts, toast etc. We wake up early enough to allow time to eat.
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Marie Green said...

We all get up at the same time. I have to leave with my youngest about 10-15 minutes earlier than my husband leaves with our oldest, but we all basically get ready at the same time.

1. We get completely dressed upstairs before coming down to eat.

2. We try to bring down everything we need when we go down to save on trips- socks, library books, sharing items, etc.

3. We eat cereal with milk, OJ, and if we have fruit like strawberries or grapes we have that too.

4. I always THINK it would be easier to pack the lunches the night before, but then again I always think PB is kinda gross after soaking into bread all night, so I never DO make the lunches ahead.

Mornings are hectic and even more so if SOMEONE (that'd be ME) is not on top of her game.

Barbarawr said...

The easiest way to make mornings go smoother is to do everything possible the night before. And my kids are trained to write on the white board on the refrigerator if they need anything signed or bought. That helps a lot!

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Kerry said...

cold cereal or instant oatmeal are easy for us.
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Dee said...

make the morning simpler by having bookbags, lunch and showers prepared overnight :)

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Deanna G. said...

I'll choose #2: Cereal! Super fast and easy :)

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We usually have cold cereal or frozen waffles.
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jakiesmom said...

for a quick and easy breakfast my son likes rice krispies or apple jacks
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Ursula said...

I cook breakfast before the kids get up and pick their clothes out the night before. uheeter at comcast.net

Carrie White said...

WE ALWAYS STOCK UP ON CEREAL OURSELVES BECAUSE THAT IS THE MORNING ROUTINE. THERE IS ALSO DAYS WHERE I JUST GET UP AND COOK BREAKFAST BE FOR MY KIDS GO TO SCHOOL. WHITECARRIE69@YAHOO.COM

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Alyssa said...

I love the timer idea. We usually do cereal in the morning because it's quick. And I try to pck lunches and backpacks the night before. And I always have the coffee ready to go the night before so I just have to turn the pot on.

won said...

The morning rush is really not an issue for us (heaven knows, we have enough other ones!). We just know we have to get up and get moving, so we do so in plenty of time.

That’d be my tip….to get up in plenty of time.

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MomOnTheEdge said...

As long as it is a breakfast cereal the girls like and I approve of, it makes our routine easy. I buy it. They set it out on the table in the morning. I pour it. They eat it. Easy! :)

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jillyrh said...

Bagels and cream cheese or cereal and fruit makes the morning routine simplier

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Janice said...

prep lunch and clothes the night before

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JJ said...

We get things ready the night before

Chris said...

Peanut butter and jelly waffles! Some protein, some "fruit" and some waffles!

nanann said...

When I'm really running late, both my girls get the microwavable pancakes for their breakfasts. They consider it a treat so not only is it made fast, but it goes down fast too!

My frustration comes when my older girl instead begs fot scrambled eggs or breakfast tacos...Agh! Total time-sucker, but how can you say no to a kid asking for eggs?? Her usual breakfast is cereal though.