We are still over a week from school starting around here, but I’ve gotten the bus schedules, and I’m trying to figure out what school mornings are going to look like. I would like not to have the entire morning feel chopped up, as if long hours are devoted solely to getting people ready.
But…it kind of has that look. I need the kids to take the bus most days (I will drive the high schooler some days for reasons that will become apparent below, but I do need to have bus service available, which means he needs to take it at least a few times per week).
The high schooler will get on the bus around 6:40 a.m. (!!!). I don’t think he’s been awake at this time in ages. This is also kind of ridiculous, as the school is 8 minutes from our house and starts at 7:30. (The good news is that he is the first kid dropped off in the afternoon — so the afternoon commute will be very short…I wish this were flipped but oh well). The middle schooler gets on the bus at 7:30 (school starts 8:15…though again, it’s only 10 minutes from our house). The elementary kids will get on the bus at 8:30. The toddler has generally been waking up around 6:30 a.m. but that is highly variable. Sometimes more like 6, sometimes closer to 7. Our nanny currently starts at 8 a.m. but that could shift if there was a compelling reason for it.
I think the high schooler will shower the night before and have things ready so he can get up at 6:15, eat a pre-made breakfast and shuffle out the door on his bus days. While I’d love to have this not involve me….I think it will need to involve me. The middle schooler will likely get up at 7:00 and his morning will follow the same format. If needed, the elementary school students can be woken up around 7:45, but they’re often up by then anyway.
At the moment my husband is mostly around too, though that could change. We both think of our workdays as starting at 8 a.m. In the past I’ve waited at the bus stop with the elementary school kids, but I think I am not sure I want to commit to doing that this year.
So…any thoughts on how to make this morning more enjoyable? When should I eat? Shower? Should I try to build some sort of morning routine into this? I do like the idea of morning exercise, and one option would be for me to cover the 6:15-7:15 kid shift and then give the baby (and responsibility for getting the middle schooler out the door) over to my husband and run from 7:15-8 or so at least a few days per week. I could then shower, say goodbye to the kids, and start my work day for real at 8:30.
But I am open to suggestions! If anyone else has multiple bus pick ups staggered over two hours, let me know what your mornings look like….or what my rule should be on when we drive the kid with the really really early pick-up….
Photo: The old coffee maker, now no longer with us…