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CHERRY HILL, N.J. -

What you see here is a well-oiled machine, nine years in the making.

"I think routine and structure for children is important," says the mom.

Routine and structure has to be there when you have triplets.

"Our reality was going from no kids to three," says Veda Shamsid-Deen. "I think Iain stopped being traumatized when they were three years old."

The three are the handsome and very well-mannered, Khalid, Aidan and Dillon. This school year is a unique challenge for the boys, for dad Iain and for mom, Veda.

"Moving to a new city, new house, new school, we know that's a lot, so we try to watch them and see that they're feeling good, they're feeling adjusted," she says.

That makes following a routine, the key.

"Kids will do whatever they're accustomed to..." she says.

On a regular school day, breakfast is the first order of business.

"Bacon, pancakes for breakfast... I always try to give them something hot to eat," says Veda.

And that goes for all four of her boys, Iain included. A late night doesn't keep dad from the breakfast table.

"Even though I work until 11 o'clock at night, I don't sleep much. I haven't slept much since they were born. That's why I drink coffee," says Iain.

And Iain better feed himself before it's all gone.

"You killed those already?" Iain remarks to his sons. "These guys eat, that's why they have to have jobs, you guys might need to get some jobs. What do you think?"

"No," they say back in unison.

"I saw ShopRite is hiring," Iain says.

"School is my job," one of the responds.

"Well that's true, but you might have to get a part time job."

"No, thanks" says Dillon.

Little Dillon, echoes a lesson his parents teach often, especially during the school week, when electronics like the Xbox, Wii and TV are off limits.

"You want your children to enjoy their free time, but you want them to know that ‘now I'm in the school year,' just like we have to get ready for work. The weekend is the weekend, but work is work," says Veda.

As the breakfast dishes are cleared, attention turns to lunch.

"The sandwich is like an assembly line," says Veda. "Three lunches a day, five days a week[,] you're talking about 60 lunches in a month."

"And most days I get it right," continues Veda. "But like yesterday, Dillon was like.. you put the fiber bar in my lunch box, so I had to go to Aidan's room and switch my snack, because I knew you had just mixed it up.

Thank goodness the boys can keep it all straight.

"People always ask, is this chaos? It's always going to be chaos with children, especially multiples, but this is organized chaos," says Veda.

Then it's off to school, a brief trip Iain won't miss.

"If they've gone to school 2000 times, I've probably dropped them 1985 times," says Iain. "At least if there's five or ten minutes in the car, I can say, ‘hey, what's going on? Who are your friends? What are these apps... snapchat and instagram and this other stuff.' It's important because it goes fast."

At school, as at home, each boy is distinctly different.

"Because I'm good at it number one, and I sort of just like learning about social studies and different things, " says one.

"Math and science," says another.

"Math, because I'm good at it," says the third.

The triplets are lucky to have a new school with a principal and teachers who know what it's like to have multiples.

"The teachers love it, it's fun," says Dr. Beth Ann Kob, the principal of Woodcrest Elementary School.

This year, Woodcrest Elementary School has two sets of triplets. And in the case of Khalid, Aidan and Dillon, each is in a different class.

"They might look alike, but their interests, their abilities, their strengths, their performance could vary. And this allows them in each classroom to show that," says Dr. Kob.

"It's good that we're just separated a little, we can still see each other in the day, like at recess or at lunch," says one of the triplets.

Such an optimistic outlook at a fun new school year.

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