School’s Back: How’s That Schedule Working Out?

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A man rides a motorcycle carrying six children on their way back home from school at Greater Noida in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh September 10, 2010. REUTERS/Parivartan Sharma (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY ODDLY IMAGES OF THE DAY)

School days are here for pretty much the whole country now. This means hundreds of thousands of parents have just gone from zero to 60 in about two early morning hours, especially if summer was spent somewhat indolently, as mine was, against all the advice of this very magazine.

The New York Times Motherlode blog has an impressive how-to list from a former military man and single dad of six about how he gets his kids to school. (It’s not the guy pictured, above, although his school dropoff also looks admirably hardcore.) Some of it is kind of hard to imagine: the kids do their own ironing and choose seven outfits for the week ahead, and he does three loads of laundry a day while only getting four hours of sleep a night. Read, marvel and feel free to share your own stories.