Charts for Bedtime and Morning Routines
"What do you mean you forgot to do that?" I told you last night before you went to bed. Well you better hurry or you're going to miss the bus."
How smoothly your bedtime routine goes will determine how smoothly your morning goes. It's important to have routines for bedtime as well as in the morning. The best way to keep track of needed tasks is to use a chart.
If you leave it to your memory or that of your children, something will slip through the cracks. In this fast paced world we live in, and with children's developing brains, someone will forget. I don't know about you, but if something simple at night can make my mornings run smoother, I'm all for it.
There are a couple different options you can use with regard to charts. One method would be to list each item that needs to be completed in a separate line on the chart. You could list tasks such as homework completed, lunch made, backpack packed, clothes picked out, showered, teeth brushed. Whereas the morning chart would be dressed, lunch out of refrigerator, teeth brushed, and dog fed. Each task could get a check mark or a sticker – depending on the age of the children.
Another option would be to list all that needs to be accomplished on a separate piece of paper or chart. Leave that on the refrigerator or some accessible location. Then once the children have completed all their assigned tasks, one gold star, sticker or check mark could be placed on the calendar.
It doesn't really matter what system you use – as long as it works for your family. You may get some resistance when you introduce it. Or you may be pleasantly surprised and the kids will look forward to not only completing their assignments but seeing the acknowledgement for a job well done.
There may be a transition time necessary for both parents and children. That is to be expected anytime a new routine is introduced. Hold each other accountable. Allow them to remind you if you get "too busy" to follow through with the chart.
Make sure you catch them doing something right. You entire family will benefit from well organized bedtime and morning routines!
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