01/10/2014 01:20 pm ET Updated Jan 25, 2014

Get The Kids Out The Door Faster In The Morning With These 12 Tricks

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We imagine running a triathlon feels much like our morning routines with the kids. There’s the initial struggle to coax the sleepyheads out of bed, followed by the marathon attempt to get everyone dressed, prepped, fed and out the door. Then comes the final sprint, as we maneuver through traffic and hopefully beat the class bell. Mornings are quite eventful, to say the least. At every juncture there’s a plethora of obstacles that could set us back—faulty alarms, catatonic sleep states, forgotten homework, spilled juice, misplaced keys, you name it. And yet, there are still those days when we speed through our a.m. routines with the efficiency of a well-oiled machine. Now, how to make that the norm?

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