DEVELOPING A ROUTINE FOR KIDS CAN EASE THE MORNING AND PREVENT THOSE MORNING MELTDOWNS IN KIDS (PARENTS TOO).
DON’T YOU JUST LOVE A GOOD ROUTINE AND FREE THINGS!!
Why have a routine?
Having a routine helps provide structure and predictability. A must have for my child. Me too.
The best thing about a routine is it minimizes morning meltdowns for both kids and parents.
This how an ideal morning should begin.
Good Morning, Leo, it’s time to wake up. Hey, Dest, bright and shine. This morning is going to be great! I completed my ritual for a zen morning. Dest thank you for willing putting on your clothes without a fight. Leo thanks for being ready before me with everything you need already packed. We are going to get out the house in time, so I don’t have to sprint for the train with my computer bag, backpack, and coffee. Wonderful:-D
Then reality sets in and your great day turns into….
Where are your socks? Did you brush your teeth? Wash your face? What you mean what else needs to be done, don’t you do the same thing every morning? It’s time for us to go and you forgot to do what? I have to turn around because you forgot your glasses at home. Guess, today I will be the umteenth time I missed the express train. Yes, those mornings can be prevented.
How to prevent meltdown mornings?
To create structure, I made the morning and evening routines. That way I could successfully get two children ready for school and make it work on time. Boy is my husband lucky he does not have to take part in such craziness. He is off to work before any of us even thinks about waking up. Vent and rant over. To prevent morning meltdowns, you need a good evening routine establishment first.
An evening/ night- time routine is important because it can negatively or positively affect the mornings. A great evening routine involves him changing out of his school clothes, taking a shower (everyday good luck), completing homework and not waiting until bedtime to get hugs, water, snack or anything else. Everything has been wisely added to the list so he knows it should be done before bedtime. Grab your free evening routine printable here.
The morning routine starts with his alarm going off. The order that he completes the task is not as important as getting everything done. Grab your free morning routine here.
Why this one works well for his age?
This works well for an older kid because it is simple and effortless. I printed one copy of each, place it in a dollar tree picture frame, and hung it on his bedroom wall. This removed the need for a pen for checking things off, losing the printout or anything that involved wasting precious time. So this schedule has been great for encouraging independence and allowing him to enjoy his morning without me prompting him over and over. Win Win! 😀
How does it work?
It works excellent, and at worst I will need to say don’t forget to look at your morning routine before you head downstairs. Let be honest sometimes I forget things too so this way I don’t have to remember every day what he needs to do as well.
As long as he is downstairs by 7 o’clock alarm and eating breakfast, he is allowed free time to watch TV, read a book ( sike yeah right), or play.
Last printable is for leaving out the door must haves.
OFF TO SCHOOL
This printable is in a dollar tree picture frame next to the front door. Click to download your free copy.
Hopefully, you’ll find the free printable as useful and helpful as I do. The printables have dramatically reduced his dependency on me getting him ready in the morning. My goal is to get him to understand structure and self-reliance. Or at best be just like his mom. I have a schedule, and I love structure because it makes a more productive and efficient day. My little girl doesn’t have a schedule yet since she turned 3 but trust me it’s coming. I will make a little chart for her mainly with pictures that will show washing her face, getting dressed, putting on her shoes, etc.