Organising children can be likened to running a zoo. You spend your mornings yelling, repeating orders, yelling some more, getting yelled at yourself and hoping to the heavens that everybody has shoes on. The afternoons and nights are not any better (does anybody else’s children almost die of thirst just before bed?). But I’ve found the trick to organising these animals every day is with my Routine Charts. Children are creatures of habit and if you are consistent enough they will eventually organise themselves. Not only do these routine charts save both your time and your sanity but they also teach your children skills that will make them responsible and accountable young adults.
Whether you need a routine chart for the Morning, Afternoon or Evening my routine charts are available in a wide range of colours and designs.
Try using these charts alongside a reward system (link this?) to really help inspire your kids to take on their responsibilities.
Kids Routine Charts
Other routine charts
Benefits of creating a routine
As I mentioned above many mums experience a feeling of groundhog day. I find this especially on school mornings – making school lunches, getting kids dressed, doing hair, packing bags, cleaning kitchen, putting washing on the line, getting yourself dressed… and everything else!! Creating a routine for yourself and the kids will help ensure that all the tasks you want done get done. Having a routine will take the stress out of a hectic morning, as you already know what you need to do. Mostly I love giving the kids their own morning routine as it prevents me from yelling at them to hurry up, have you brushed your teeth, put your shoes on, etc. There are so many benefits of having a routine in place:
- Having a regular and consistent routine ensures that you get the kids out the door with everything they need, clean clothes, lunches, notes for school.
- When you have a hectic morning, the routine will make you feel less stressed as you can glance at a list to know what needs to be done.
- Helps children to understand time and time management.
- Teaches children good habits.
- An organised and predictable home environment helps children feel safe and secure.
Pop on over to the blog to read more about my families before school routine HERE.