The Morning Kid Routine

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This post is sponsored by our friends at Orajel Kids™!

I was watching The Sound of Music with my three daughters — it was the scene where Captain von Trapp blows his whistle and his children come running and stand at attention — and I had two very distinct thoughts. The first being that I’m old enough to think Captain von Trapp is pretty hunky, and the second was that instead of being appalled by his approach to parenthood, I found myself wondering if there was a way to implement a whistle system in my home without weirding out my neighbors.

One thing a friend observed was that the realities of dealing with allergies, asthma, and eczema can be time-consuming and stressful. It’s not just a trip to the local restaurant; it’s also wiping down the table and chair, talking to the restaurant manager and possibly the cook. It’s not just bath time; it’s bath time and a pretty rigorous cream-and-lotion application. It’s not just grabbing lunchboxes and heading out the door for school; it’s also various inhalers, a nasal spray, and a backpack check for emergency meds.

And while of course any allergy or asthma or eczema or all-of-the-above parent may be nodding his or her head in agreement with me, it’s not a complaint. It’s just a reality. My kids are happy and healthy, but they just have a couple of things that need managing. (I may or may not have chased down my eldest daughter with an inhaler only for her to remind me “Mom, I don’t take the inhaler. That’s Sophie.” #justallergyparentthings)

As such, the morning rush before the drive to school can be stressful, and I hate starting my day as the panicky, frazzled, sweatpants-clad mom. I’d much rather be the cool, laidback, sweatpants-clad mom.

The Morning Kid Routine

So I typed up a routine on my computer, printed it out, added illustrations for my non-reader and my sort-of-reader, and now when we’re in that morning sprint, I smile and point to the fridge instead of chanting “socks and shoes, socks and shoes, for real, where are your socks and shoes?”


My husband and I tag team — he tackles breakfast and lunch-packing, and I’m the one hoping no one at the school notices a uniform sleeve has a permanent ketchup stain. We do everything we can to allow for self-governance — an easy-open shoe bin by the front door, a strict dishes-in-the-sink rule, and an old-school hourglass timer on the bathroom sink so they each get a solid two minutes of teeth brushing time morning and night.


Here’s my youngest Vanna White-ing an Orajel Bubble Guppies toothbrush and flashing her little pearly whites. ???? We kept the teething gel close by when our girls were teeny babies, but Orajel Kids makes products for bigger kids, too.

The Scratch or Sniff team has partnered up with Orajel Kids, and Orajel Kids is offering one winner a $1,000 gift card and an Orajel Kids prize pack. The contest is running now and you can upload your own photo via the CafeMom app and start voting. Two runners up will receive a $500 gift card and an Orajel Kids™ prize pack.

Which is nice, because you can buy a lot of morning routine sweatpants with $500. ????

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Orajel™ Kids.

Roo Ciambriello

If Scratch or Sniff founder/editor Roo Ciambriello could list all of her favorite things, they'd include her sweet little family, food trucks, and every AMA Snoop Dogg has done on Reddit. Roo is a copywriter out of New Haven, Connecticut, and loves writing fun stories on the backs of potato chip bags and cereal boxes in Whole Foods, Target, Nordstrom, Kroger, y mucho mas. Roo creates voices for brands, ghostwrites for celebrities, writes a personal website, and is (much to the chagrin of those around her) pretty active on Twitter. You can also find her providing commentary on advertising/branding at Adweek and eating fajitas on deadline days.

1 Comment to The Morning Kid Routine

  1. We have the same Bubble Guppies toothpaste! The kids love picking out a different character tube each time we’re stocking up at the drugstore. (I think adult toothpaste should have characters, too. Like, Kimmy Schmit Strawberry.)

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