I have found that getting my children out of bed in the morning, on time, is made far easier when the smell of pancakes is in the air. I’ve developed this little game of sorts. I’m not sure that the boys have picked up on my real motivation for this game. The game begins when I walk upstairs in the hallway and announce to the still sleeping crew that the first person out of bed, dressed, and downstairs will receive a piping hot dish of homemade pancakes. Then, I walk away. Very simple. Takes no advanced planning.