Do you have a morning routine? There are some mornings that seem to be easier than others, but most consist of the same reminders to your kids such as “don’t forget to brush your teeth” or just the real simple “get dressed”. What if you could hold your kids more accountable for their routine in the mornings and nights? Allowing you to focus on other tasks instead of mundane reminders.
Maybe you’ve seen how parents use an analog clock and dry erase markers to mark out specific times in the morning and night, so kids can see the amount of time they have for a task.
Depending on the age of your kid’s, different routines will work for your family.
We created a list for morning and night – then also a blank list for those of you whose schedule is different.
Tip: instead of printing out multiple sheets each week there are a few different ways to reuse the same sheet of paper. Both ways just require a dry erase marker.
- Place the paper in a sheet protector. A dry erase marker will easily wipe off the surface.
- Have an extra picture frame hanging around? You can do the same thing with the dry erase marker and the glass will wipe off clean.
To see how things go – start these routines a few weeks before school starts. That way it isn’t something new that they are doing on top of it being the first day of school.
Teaching kids the fundamentals are essential for growth and having these skills as an adult. We found a great blog post from Moments A Day blog going over how she started her sons with three tasks each morning.
The routines will also run a little smoother by creating shortcuts. For example, purchase a hanging clothes organizer. And each cubby represents a certain day of the week. On Sunday, have your kids plan out what they want to wear for the entire week.
Do you have any ways of organizing the kids to make your life flow a little smoother?