MORNING ROUTINE CHECKLIST
School has been in session for my two oldest sons for about a month. Although I was excited for school to start and summer vacation to end, I didn’t expect it to be this stressful. Every morning we go through the same routine.
ME: Brush your teeth.
Once they are done brushing their teeth, they sit around in their room until I give them their next direction.
ME: Put on your clothes.
Once they put on their clothes, there they go again sitting around until I give them another direction. Needless to say, after four weeks of this routine I am so tired of repeating myself every morning. So earlier this week I decided to “tackle” this problem.
I first started by buying each of them a closet organizer. It has five slots, enough to hold an outfit for each day of the school week. On Sunday evening, we went through their clothes and picked out five outfits for each of them and put them in their organizer. Then we paired up five pairs of sock and put them in the organizer as well.
After that, I got on the computer and created a morning routine checklist for them. I have a son who can read and one who can’t, so I combined sentences with pictures so each of them would be able to use it. I then printed out the directions, put them in a page protector and tacked it on their wall at eye level.
Everything has been going well so far. I am trying to inspire independence in them, so we have been running a little late this week. Once they get use to getting ready on their own, I know that they will pick up the pace and get better at it. I have had to intervene a few times here and there, but overall the morning routine checklist is doing its job.
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