How do you get 3 kids ready so early?



It’s no secret around here that we go to the 7:30AM Mass every Sunday. What you may not know is that we also always go to the early morning Mass on holy days. Oh, and we like to go every Tuesday morning before school, too.


I tell you all of this in no way to show how committed or devout we are– that’s not really the point, at all. But, time and time again, I am asked the same question:


How do you get three kids ready so early???


We stand out big time at these early masses. Honestly, I’M definitely among the ten youngest people at our Sunday Mass– including all children in attendance. There are two other families at Tuesday morning Mass, but we stand out there, too. The other families both homeschool and one group wears long skirts and chapel veils, while the other typically comes in pajamas. My ponytailed, capri wearing little girls wouldn’t “fit” with either group, though we’re all certainly most welcome there, no matter how we choose to dress.


And, because we have to head from there straight to school, we are asked, again, “How do you do it?”



I could give you a list of my tips and tricks for getting everybody up and out the door, but there would be nothing you couldn’t already guess: go to bed early, plan breakfast, pack backpacks the night before, lay out clothes, etc. In short? Be organized. That’s really the key to smooth mornings. We all already know that, right?


But the real answer here is this:


We are able to do it because we make it a priority.


We’re not special. We’re not gifted with any early morning super powers. But we have made the decision that this matters and so we do what we have to to make it work.


It amazes me how many people tell me they can’t fathom fitting in early Mass, yet they jump through hoops to make the baseball season schedule work. Meals in the car, late nights, rescheduled activities, bags perpetually packed and at the ready– all of these are the norm during season. Yet getting ready for 7:30 Mass seems impossible?


Please know that I have no issue with baseball or any other sport or activity that requires a large time commitment. I take no issue with those who are juggling wild schedules so their kid(s) can do something they love.


But, really, that’s what we’re doing, too. We plan and juggle and figure it out because we love it.


When something really matters– when you decide that this is a non-negotiable part of your schedule– it becomes possible. It’s just “what you do.”


And so we just do it.


That’s how I get three kids ready so early. :)

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7 comments to How do you get 3 kids ready so early?

  • earleyml

    We have two kids that go to daycare everyday and we are out the door by 6:40am. It’s all about planning and requiring the older one to be responsible. The only days we don’t make that target time is when our 2 year old flat out throws HUGE temper tantrums. They know what is expected of them and we make it work. Our girls go to bed by 7:30, so they have plenty of rest by their 6am wake up time. We actually wish our church had an earlier Sunday service time b/c we’re up at 6-6:30 even on the weekends. Needless to say, we’re always one of the first families there and on Saturdays we always get to places (if visiting a zoo or museum) as soon as the place opens. It’s really not hard to get them ready if you have a plan. It bugs me when people say “I can’t even get a shower”.

  • I’m impressed! We go to Sunday service at 9:30 which changes to 9 this summer, and I am worried about 9 being too early. 7:30 makes my eyes hurt just thinking about it!

  • You nailed it. We can all do whatever is important to us. It’s so easy to make excuses, but yeah, you make it a priority and it happens. Great post.

  • That’s pretty much my mantra when people ask how I have time to read, cook, etc. You have time for what you want to do.

  • Laraba

    I do think many people who are late, or don’t go to early events, just aren’t planners. Some of us naturally are planners more than others. We are hardly ever late to anything, and I have to get 8 kids ready and I’m pregnant. But being organized comes pretty naturally to me. Now we do homeschool so we don’t regularly have to get anywhere early, but when we have an early event — we’re our the door on time. There is also the “morning person vs. evening person” issue. My dh is not a morning person so when he is coming along, it is more of an effort (though he works hard to be on time too.)

    I’d say another issue is just respect for other people and programs. I think it is disrespectful to be chronically late, but some people are. Of course there are times when “life happens”, but when someone is ALWAYS late, it shows a lack of respect for others. I’m trying to train our kids to be on time and to plan ahead, even the ones who are more casual than I am. Well, most of them are more casual than I am :-).

  • Mary

    I grew up being late, there was always one more thing to do before we left (not by me). So when I was in charge I started being on time/ early. I have been known to leave my husband behind on occasion because he “had one more thing to do before he was ready”. This does not sit well with him.

    But when I was in charge of getting my mother to and from things she got ready on time. She knew I wasn’t following her example.

    I don’t apologize to anyone for being on time or leaving them behind, my 6 kids learned that early, even the special needs one. My special needs sister never moved fast so I adapted and started getting her “motivated” early and she would be ready in plenty of time.

    I now only have my 4 kids and husband to worry about, if he isn’t ready he can drive himself. If we are giving a ride to someone else they know when we will be there to pick them up. It works when you want it to work enough to make the effort.

  • Jennie

    I agree most on making it a priority. Even those of us that aren’t planners/organizers can get our act together if we really want it to happen. I also believe it’s because you ALL agree that is a priority. One person can throw a kink in the schedule ( adult or child) if the that person isn’t on board.

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