There are two points in the day that set the tone for how a family runs. The first is the morning routine. If mornings are stressed, rushed and chaotic it affects everyone’s mood for the rest of the day. If the morning runs smoothly, includes some connection and even a little fun everyone can start their day with a smile.
The second super important part of the day is bedtime. If yours needs help you can see our life changing bedtime routine here. PS. A smooth bedtime helps with the morning routine too!
We started off this school year with a few missteps in our morning. I quickly realized that it was going to take a little planning (along with some trial and error) to make mornings fun (and functional) again.
As always I pulled out my favorite parenting technique… conflict resolution. We had a problem and I needed help with the solution! Bring on the kids. I placed my giant white board on the table and asked the kids to help me make a list of everything that has to be done before school.
We wrote a time (or estimated time) next to every task. Next we calculated how much time there is between waking up and heading out the door.
Guess what?!?! For Big M there was plenty of time in the morning, but not for our little sleepy head. If she wakes up at seven and then spends some time actually getting her eyes to open, there isn’t enough time for her to accomplish everything. No wonder we were running around like crazy!
Here’s where the magic happens. (This is the reason I adore conflict resolution.) Laid out in front of them is a problem, they can clearly see it. They understand it and now they can solve it.
I saw an answer pretty quickly, but patiently waited to see what they came up with. It wasn’t long before they had made their own individual morning (and afternoon) routines. The bonus? They realized on their own that there wouldn’t be time for screen time on school days.
I could have done this entire process by myself. But now they are invested. They made the rules, they made the routine. They are far more likely to follow it… because it is their plan! Will their be hiccups, of course, but we will figure them out together. (Check out the conflict resolution post for step-by-step instructions.)
15 Morning Routine Checklists for Kids
Once everything was figured out I thought it was time for the fun part. I asked if they would like to have their routine made into a cute checklist. They said “no thanks”. BOO!
Your little ones might say yes though… so I rounded up 15 printable morning routine checklists for kids. You are sure to find one that will fit your family (or at least inspire you to create your own).
- Magnetic Morning Cards from I Can Teach my Child
- Good Morning Flash Cards from Living Locurto
- Don’t forget the morning kiss from Children Inspire Design
- Work, Play, Learn Chart from Cloud Mom
- Stress Free Morning Cards from Live Simply
- Colorful Checklist from Kids Activities Blog
- Super Simple Clipboard List from Everyday Enchanting
- Morning To Do (includes ART!) from Raining Hot Coupons
- Are you Ready for School List from Girl in the Garage
- Remember Hugs Checklist from The Chirping Moms
- Visual Step by Step Routine from Over the Big Moon
- Chart Pictures from Barista Kids
- Super Fun Get Ready Schedule from Tidy Lady
- Daily Routine from Operation Organization
- Get to School on Time Dry Erase Checklist from Sweet Rose Studio
Do you already have a working morning routine or do you need to sit down and create one?