How To Get Your Middle Schooler Out The Door On Time!

Are you raising a middle schooler right now? Do you find it to be especially challenging to get your middle schooler out the door to the bus stop on time? Does your middle schooler ignore his or her alarm clock completely? And like to take long hot showers in the morning?

If you answered yes to any or all of the above then have I got a solution for you! But first let me share with you a typical timeline of how a morning goes at our house:

5:55 AM: Middle school son’s alarm goes off- which he promptly shuts off (doesn’t even bother with the snooze button), and goes right back to sleep.

6:00 AM: Mom trudges up the stairs to physically wake up the middle school child, who always responds the same way, “I don’t WANT to get up!” Mom refuses to leave the room until she sees the child in a standing position.

6:05 AM: Mom calls up the stairs to remind the son to get moving. (He is likely still standing in the same position with his eyes closed.)

6:10 AM: Middle school child sleepily shuffles down the steps, clothes for the day in hand, and heads into the bathroom is where he barricades himself for the better part of the next 30 minutes taking a long, hot, sleepy shower.

6:30 AM: Mom bangs on the bathroom door to announce that he “better hurry up or he won’t have time for breakfast”

Tyson Day Starts Clock

6:37 AM: Now’s the time when Mom starts to get a little panicky….. how are we going to get out the door on time?

6:40 AM: Middle schooler shows up in the kitchen freshly washed, yet starving(!) and begins to pack up his backpack for school. YIKES! We now only have 10 minutes before it’s time to leave- and in that 10 minutes he needs to find and put on his shoes, eat a healthy breakfast to fuel his day, and brush his teeth! This is feeling like a pretty impossible task!

Breakfast to GO!

The shortcut we’ve been making lately that allows us to get out the door in those 10 minutes is to make “breakfast to go”- something he can take wrapped in a paper towel and “smuggle it” onto the school bus where he can chow down covertly between the seats (because truly I don’t think kids are supposed to be eating on the bus!). The problem is- healthy, filling breakfast options are kind of limited when you’re trying to make something fast, easy, and portable- that hides nicely in a paper towel!

Tyson Day Starts Packages

My solution?  Tyson® Day Starts™ sandwiches! Recently we purchased two different types- the Sausage, Egg and Cheese Biscuits and the Egg, Cheese and Bacon Breakfast Flatbreads. It takes less than two minutes to heat them in the microwave- they fuel a young body with plenty of protein, and they are really super tasty!

Spencer w breakfast sandwich

And if Spencer arrives in the kitchen early enough, he can actually eat his breakfast sandwich on a plate with ketchup (even though he’s almost a teen, he still just a kid who loves everything with ketchup at heart!). And on days when we are running out the door- the Tyson® Day Starts™ sandwiches wrap up quickly for a delicious breakfast to go!

If you think  Tyson® Day Starts™ breakfast sandwiches is the solution to your “getting out the door on time” problem, please visit to download a $1 off coupon and check out the product locator tool to find out where Tyson® Day Starts™ products are sold at a store near you!

Tyson Day Starts-eating flatbread

What’s your biggest challenge in getting your middle schooler out the door in the morning? Please leave a comment and share!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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  1. says

    I wake up my 5th grader at 7am for the bus that arrives at 7:18am. Yes. We do showers at night instead and she’s a terrible breakfast eater, but most days she makes the bus. On the days she doesn’t, my husband can easily drop her on his way into work. It’s madness. These breakfasts look great, but my picky eaters would probably just leave them on the place.
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    • says

      I am impressed! 18 minutes to get up, get dressed, eat and get out the door! I bow down to you! You’ve really got to try them…. my kids can be picky too- but these sandwiches they love!
      Thanks for commenting today! I hope all is well with you!

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