10 Things That Happen Every Morning Before The School Bus Comes

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I am new to this whole morning bus routine. For the last four years, I have left my house at 7:15 am with my kids to take them to daycare. That means our mornings were relatively short and the kids were on a very strict routine. Now that they ride the bus, we have a lot of free time each morning for them to drive me batty. Don’t get me wrong- I’m grateful for the time I can spend with them and I’m so happy to not be paying for daycare anymore– but this new situation is bringing it’s own unique set of challenges. Over the last few weeks, I have noticed that there are things that happen every morning before the school bus comes:

1. Someone Will Claim To Be Gravely Ill

mean girls


Over the course of the morning, at least one of my minions will make an attempt at staying home sick. Nice try, kid. Not happening.

2. A Shirt Will Be Stained With Toothpaste



I try to make them brush their teeth topless but I’m usually busy and don’t enforce it so, someone will wear a navy blue shirt, dribble toothpaste on it, throw on a hoodie immediately after so I don’t see and then come home with a giant, dried-on, white toothpaste stain. That was there all day. Perfect.

3. An Item Will Be Lost

lost items


Each night, I try my level best to go through the backpacks before bedtime and make sure all homework, gym shoes and show-and-tell objects are where they need to be. At some point in the morning, the kindergartner goes through a backpack and plucks something out. The search for the missing item will take up the next 10 minutes.

4. A Library Book Will Be Forgotten 

nice things


My daughter gets to pick two books each week and the little guy gets one at a time but this quarter, he has library twice a week. This means I am keeping track of four books each week. And we always seem to remember it’s library day moments before the bus comes.

5. There Will Be A Problem With Their Snack

snack pack


Packing a snack every day is basically the most annoying event of my morning. Little guy thought we had Angry Birds graham crackers. Big kid thought I bought apples but instead, there are baby carrots. It seems I can never get it right.

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