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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.
    THEM: OK.
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.
    THEM: OK.
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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  1. earthlingorgeous

    this is a nice picture checklist! I think your son enjoys looking at them too! 🙂

    Posted on September 24, 2008
  2. Hadias

    This is such a good idea. I too, have the children pick out 5 outfits for the week. We have run into a little trouble though. My children (one in partcular) will sit around until I give her each instruction. I have been trying to devise a way to motivate her to take some initiative. She won’t get out of bed until I come and waek her even when she hears the alarm.

    This is her first year of public school so I have been trying to give her a break, plus she’s only six years old.

    This morning I thought to myself that it would just be easier to homeschool them again. Shoot, she even asked me this morning could she homeschool the rest of the year. But I want them to commit to their decisions and they all wanted to go to public school this year.
    Therefore I will be implementing your chart TOMORROW MORNING. I hope it helps. Wsh me luck.

    Thanks for visiting my blog post “Tackling Laundry”and BTW, I have six people in my family :0)

    Have a blessed day.

    Posted on September 24, 2008
  3. Jodi

    That is a fabulous idea!

    I only have one kid who needs some help getting ready in the morning now but I have used a similar checklist in the past. Eventually they do get it and get ready on their own.

    Posted on September 24, 2008
  4. Lisa

    Wow…you are GOOD! I only have one child who is 15, so we are past the stage of having to give directions for every step, thank goodness!

    Posted on September 24, 2008

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