Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Summer Routines... An Idea from Confident Mom

Moms of school age children, have you started to think about your summer routine? It can be hard to transition from the structured school year routine of fast paced mornings to the slower paced “no-where to go” kind of morning. I can remember when my kids were small that some days it was past noon before we got our act together. Now, don’t get me wrong, there are days when that is great – but make sure you are planning to have a ‘lazy day’ at home instead of just letting it happen because of lack of routine. You will end up wasting a lot of precious time that can be used in a more constructive way.......... Kids do better with routine. Creating a simple morning routine for your family can be just that – SIMPLE! First, jot down the few self-care tasks that need to happen in the morning: Eating breakfast Cleaning up dishes Brushing teeth Making beds Showering/bathing Combing hair Getting dressed.......... Next determine a good time to expect everyone to be up by. If 8 AM is good then determine the first tasks to be completed. Then break those tasks down into time increments and then evaluate your time chart. For example, it might look like this: 8:00 – 8:30 Relax, Snuggle, Free-time 8:30 – 9:00 Eat Breakfast & Clean Up 9:00 – 9:45 Shower, Get Dressed, Brush Teeth, Comb Hair, Make beds.......... If your child needs more time for these tasks, then adjust it to fit the needs of your family. Perhaps if you have older children, you might set a time that all these items need to be finished by. After you have evaluated the time increments, then post this list in a place where everyone can see it and refer to it. Have fun creating a big poster board complete with pictures if you have children who cannot read........... By setting up an expectation for your children to be held accountable and have some responsibility you will be helping them create routines that will help them do better during the day. This will create a mom who is happy and less stressed. You won’t be the mom nagging and yelling all morning to ask if everyone has brushed their teeth yet or made their bed before they shoot outside to play........... Providing this routine and consistent follow through with the expectation will create a standard where your household ends up running itself in the morning – really!.......... We, at the Byron G Merrill Library hope that your “weekly routine’” will include a visit to see us!.......... Thank you to Confident Mom for sharing this idea!