Last week we discussed establishing a night time routine. Well, the second biggest battle in the house is the morning routine. The need for a morning routine really comes into play when your child starts kindergarten.
The night time routine can be difficult because you are tired. However I think the morning routine can be much more stressful because you have somewhere you and/or your child need to be.
You need to get your child out of the house at a certain time. The process is pretty similar to the night time routine plan.
Step #1 – Take inventory – Write down all of the things you need your child to do before you leave – eat breakfast, get dressed, brush teeth, prepare backpack, etc.
Step #2 – Establish the time you have to leave the house – Be realistic, do you need to allocate time for traffic, mistakes, etc. It adds extra stress if you leave it down to the wire.
Step #3 – Work backwards with realistic time slots. For example, if you need to leave at 7:30am, they need to have their backback ready at 7:25 and finish brushing their teeth and hair by 7:20.
Step #4 -Establish Wake Up Time – This is a crucial step as the wake up time then becomes the foundation for the schedule. If your kids are going to bed early and they like doing something fun before school, then you need to incorporate that into the schedule.
Step #5 – Print out multiple copies and laminate them – I put copies of the both the night time and morning schedules in each of my children’s rooms as well as in our kitchen. We laminated them so the children could mark off boxes with dry erase marker each time they …