For parents of school-aged children, the struggle to get kids out the door and off to school on time is real. And, North Carolina parents Penn and Kim Holderness say when it comes to stressful mornings and slow-moving children, their house is no exception.
In their latest parody, "It's So Hard to Get Out the Door," the Holderness Family pokes fun at their family's morning routine, as Penn croons lyrics set to the Boyz II Men song, "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday."
"Getting downstairs, taking forever, staring at your pants in the hallway. It's so hard to get them out the door, every day," sings Penn as their kids, Lola and Penn Charles present Penn and Kim with the familiar challenges of lost shoes, tangled hair and disorganized backpacks.
Later, Penn loses his cool as he waits in the family mini van, singing, "All I know is on weekends you're up at 6 a.m., and on a school day you're like a zombie and I have to wake you up three times a day and I want to pull all my hair out."
So just how crazy are things in the Holderness household on an actual school morning?
"Lola's hair is very long now, and she sleeps like a crazy person, so she wakes up looking pretty insane. Adorable, but insane," Penn told TODAY Parents. "I think the pants and the shoes have been the most consistent issues. Kindergarteners don't like pants or shoes. If they had their way, they'd show up to class barefoot and pants-less."
In a blog post about the making of the parody, Kim admits that she and Penn also hold their fair share of blame for their hectic mornings.
"Bottom line, our kids are not good at the morning routine, and it’s probably because WE aren’t very good at the morning routine," she wrote. "We shout every morning, we panic every morning, and inevitably we bend to their will every morning...HELP!!! Any advice on how to break the cycle and get them out the ^%$ing door in time?"