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Mom's Back-to-School Picks

Going back to school can be fun, but it can also be stressful -- for the whole family. We asked moms to share their secrets on how to make the school year smoother.
mom handing son packed lunch Solutions for Morning Madness

We asked: How do you get your kids out the door on time in the morning?

You said: Getting yourself and your kids ready on time doesn't have to be hectic. Forty-five percent of moms make mornings work by starting the process the night before, preparing lunches and planning outfits. In the a.m., 28 percent of moms set a 10-minute warning bell so kids know when to stop dawdling, and 18 percent have a strict "no TV before school" rule. A few moms say they ease morning stress by giving kids a checklist to follow or by letting kids set their own alarm clocks.