VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – If you don’t want to spend an hour shaking your child out of bed for the first day of school in a few weeks, you might want to start doing some practice runs now.

An Ipsos Reid Poll has determined it takes the average family 77 minutes to get up and get out of the house in the morning.

Registered Dietician Leah Perrier says things are always extra sluggish during those first few September days when children still have visions of beach balls bouncing in their heads.

“By making small changes, it’s possible to make big improvements to the morning crunch time at your house,” Perrier believes. “It only takes about 21 days to form a new habit, and one thing that you can do is get the kids involved.”

She says that means breakfast organization starts the night before, adding your kids can start helping by setting the breakfast table before bed.

“All parents do struggle with the morning rush. Older children can pour their own cereal and milk and teens can help by cutting up fruit.”

Your little ones can also lay out their own clothes and maybe time themselves to see what kinds of improvements are needed.