To get out of the house without losing sneakers or your temper, follow our simple plan.

  1. Lay out clothes.
  2. Make lunch and leave it in the fridge.
  3. Sign permission slips, and write notes to the teacher.
  4. Pack backpack and leave it-and anything else that needs to go to school-by the front door.
  5. Get up 15 minutes earlier so you're not rushed.
  6. Serve a healthy breakfast.
  7. Give your child a to-do list (with pictures if he can't read yet) so you don't have to nag him to get dressed, brush his teeth, or make his bed.
  8. Keep the TV off.
  9. Give your child a big kiss before you say goodbye.

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