There is a saying that a parent must add on 15 minutes of preparation time per child in order to get ready and get where they need to be on time. If that is the case, I need 2 extra hours no matter where I go. I can tell you for a fact, it does not take me that long.
These kinds of random parenting “rules” don’t apply to the large family, because large families are known for their efficiency born of necessity. People are always amazed by how fast I can get my crew out the door. Although we often say it’s like herding cats, there is method to my madness.
The method I use relies on sorting to keep everyone straight and on track. There are currently 8 children living in our home, ranging in age from 17 to 8 months. Half of these children do pretty well getting ready from tip to toe by themselves, with only spot checks to make sure all is tidy. The other half consists of 3 very rambunctious little boys and a tiny princess.