It’s always a good idea to have some sort of routine with your kids. Be it something that you do everyday, or if you have specific days you do things, like going to the library or the park. Kids just function better when they have a general idea of what’s going on.
Kids need structure and things that are consistent within their everyday.
Even if you think your life is chaotic I can almost guarantee that you have some sort of routine. A routine is just something that happens on a regular basis. Such as having your kids brush their teeth right after they eat breakfast. Or going to bed at a certain time.
But routines can change over time, especially when a big event occurs, like moving, getting pregnant, starting school, or having a baby. Or maybe you just aren’t happy with your current routine and would love for it to work better for your family.
The point of this post is to actually establish a routine that works for you and will continue to work.
Established, fluid routines can calm your household, even if you think it’s impossible.
I am currently working on reestablishing my own routine because in the last 2 years our lives have been a little out of control with moving, getting pregnant, moving again, having a baby, and moving again. I was so tired all the time and I just didn’t have motivation to do much of anything (including finally starting this blog), but now I’m finally about back to normal and I’d like for things to get back to the way they were. In the midst of this, my children maintained most of their routine, most of the time. They knew what they were (and are) supposed to do because it’s been instilled in them.
Here’s what my kids routines look like.
My older kids routine:
Up by 7:00 am, get dressed, make bed, eat breakfast, brush teeth, quick cleanup.
School, lunch, chores, active play, screen time.
Dinner, family time, shower, bed, read, lights out at 9:00pm.
Sometimes it deviates, like if we need to go on a field trip or run an errand.
I am working on a more in depth routine for my older daughter.
Currently she only has a few things that are set every day, like eating, brushing teeth, and bed time, but she knows what they are, and they happen when they need to, most of the time.
My youngest daughter was on a pretty set routine until she went through another growth spurt last month. We are finally getting her back on a schedule though, being that she started solids recently and is finally succumbing to a bed time.
How do you get a routine set up for your kids (or yourself)?
Step 1: Write down how you’d like the routine to go. What will your days look like? Are there specific times you’d like to do things or do you just want a list of everything? You could set time limits for certain areas, such as 3-4pm is screen time or 8-12am is school.
Step 2: If your kids are old enough to understand, talk to them about the changes you intend to make.
Step 3: Post your routine somewhere you will look at it often.
Step 4: Slowly implement things, maybe 1 or 2 items every other day. This eliminates the stress on you as well as the kids. Instead of trying to shove everything in at once, it gives you a chance to become accustomed to the change.
Step 5: Continue until you’ve established your routine. This could take a week, or a month, depending on what you are trying to accomplish. Just remember it takes work, but you CAN do it!
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