How To Get Your Kids Into Their Morning Routine
Is your morning full of, “I don’t want to go to schoooool!” I am soooo tired” I hate that I have to wake up”. Well, my mornings are and then some. I have 3 girls to get ready in the mornings, 4, 5 and 7 years old, and every morning I have to nag and shout and stamp my feet like a petulant child to get them, fed, bathe and threw the door. I was completely out of my element with getting this done, and to think this will go on for another 12 years or so. I had to get over this and real quick.
I spoke to the girls and started watching what they did each for their previous morning routine. Where were their individual strengths and weaknesses? I quickly realise that each child had their own bunch of things they hated to do and things that sucked theirs and my time. The one thing I did learn was competitive nature. They had a massive competition going on. Who could do this first or better or who would get praised by me or daddy? Got it!
Let me introduce you to my children. Iman, my stepdaughter, is the helper. Suhri’Sanaa, second oldest, is the boss and Sarai’Sway is the bully and the baby. When I figured that out I started on a checklist for my kids. YUP! They couldn’t read when I started so I had pictures to show but guess what… it worked! Even doubtful daddy was impressed.
Now for their morning routine, each girl is now racing with each other to be the first one to complete their list. So if you’re struggling with getting your kids up and about in the mornings here is a fun way to put some pep into their step. It works too for an only child as it teaches responsibility.
Here are 10 improvements I saw with the Wright Girls:
- It allowed Iman to be helpful and assist her baby sister
- Suhri could delegate who went into the bathroom next
- I was able to concentrate on helping Sway so she could win on some mornings. She struggled with asking for help
- No child left anything behind
- reduce the rush in the mornings
- reduce the screaming in the mornings
- Anybody visiting could help
- Mornings became a joy once again
- Teaches responsibility
- Teaches Teamwork
Being a mom to 3 kids ain’t easy at all. I have had my days where I have failed at even breathing right, but you know what kids are so forgiving and understanding and loving and and and how can you not want to try to do better by the. I can only do this with organizing my life and theirs. There are just too many moving parts and changing personalities. I have to be on top of it all……most…of some!
Now let’s get into! This checklist is, of course, FREE, by now you should know the drill, enter your email and wait for your link to download your printable sheet. I will send a follow email to check in.