School morning hacks you need to know

Morning school run

Ah, the school morning routine – a bit like a china shop full of hippos, it soon dissolves into chaos. Still, fret not, because here to the rescue is the best Mumsnetter advice on how to get ready for school in the morning – quickly, painlessly, and drama-free.

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1. Grit your teeth and make it a challenge

1. Grit your teeth and make it a challenge

“Explain to them that you're not going to be late anymore and that you need their help to make sure everything gets done on time. I used to set alarms to go off on my phone: 7.15am means everyone needs to be in the kitchen, 7.30am means that it's time to brush your teeth, etc.”

2. Clothes go on last

2. Clothes go on last

“That way you won't have to stress about breakfast or toothpaste on their uniforms.”

3. Nothing good happens until they've done what they have to do

3. Nothing good happens until they've done what they have to do

“They want to get everything done quicker to get some time playing before we have to leave.”

4. If you can't beat 'em, bribe 'em

4. If you can't beat 'em, bribe 'em

“Mine can choose a 'coming home snack' if they get ready nicely in the mornings.”

5. Less talk, more action

5. Less talk, more action

“Seriously. Don't engage with chatter, answering questions, whining etc. Just speak very quietly about what they are going to do next. It's a sort of broken-record technique. The quieter you are, the quieter they will be.”

6. You want them to be synchronised? You need to let that go

6. You want them to be synchronised? You need to let that go

“If one is upstairs getting dressed, the other can have a calm breakfast.”

7. Get yourself dressed and done before attempting any of the above

7.  Get yourself dressed and done before attempting any of the above

“I can just focus on getting them ready while drinking my tea.”

8. Visual prompts are surprisingly effective

8. Visual prompts are surprisingly effective

“People will think I'm nuts, but there's a picture of pants, socks, trousers and a top in my kids' room, as well as a picture of teeth brushing on the bathroom door. Before we go downstairs, I say to the boys 'have you looked at your pictures and done everything you need to do?' 90% of the time, the visual clues work without me nagging, prompting them to get started.”

9. Have a very strict routine and don't buckle

9. Have a very strict routine and don't buckle

“Breakfast cannot take longer than 15 minutes. I set a timer and they know that when it goes off they have to shovel in the last mouthfuls and get upstairs. It sounds cruel, but they actually find it quite funny and it works.”

10. Do as much as you can the night before

10. Do as much as you can the night before

“Lunchboxes, book bag, uniform, clothes sorted – I even get the shoes out by the front door.”

11. And if all else fails... make good on your threats

11. And if all else fails... make good on your threats

“Once, I took my daughter out with no breakfast as she was fannying around so much; I don't think she believed I would do it. That worked quite well actually. I've heard of other parents taking kids to school in their pyjamas – it only happens once.”