I don’t know about you, but I am NOT a morning person. I love my cozy bed, and nothing beats cuddling beneath the sheets for “just one more minute”. My hubby is the opposite. In the morning he immediately jumps out of bed, ready to start the day. On days when he’s working early in the morning, I have to pry myself from my bed to get the kids out the door on time for school. Those mornings usually don’t go very well. I lay in bed until the very last possible minute, and when I do eventually force myself out of bed, it’s a mad rush to get everyone ready on time. Miss A has learned how to make her own breakfast and is usually pretty helpful in the morning… she inherited her fathers’ morning person gene. However, most mornings consist of me yelling demands at the children as I try to at least throw on some pants to take them to school… but lets be honest, most days I don’t even get that accomplished.
My goal for this year is to make our mornings run more smoothly. Part of that plan has been giving my older kids more responsibility in the morning. With a new baby in the house, I don’t have time to help them with everything in the morning. Step in the Morning Routine Chart! For the last few months I have had a morning routine chart in my kids room for them to follow and it has helped tremendously. Before I made the chart they always had excuses… “I forgot”, or “I don’t know what I have to do next”. Now I can just ask “what’s next on your chart?” instead of repeating “go brush your teeth” a million times and driving everyone crazy.
Do your mornings sound anything like mine? If you need a little more organization to help everyone get up and out of the house, then I encourage you to try this Free Printable Morning Routine Chart! I hope it helps you as much as it has helped me.
Morning Routine Chart