updated morning, afternoon, and evening routine lists

by Barb on January 22, 2013

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At the beginning of this school year, after mentally pulling my hair out for a few weeks with way too many stressful mornings with my 4 little ones, I created 2 sets of reminder lists for the kids’ morning routine. My goal was to put the responsibility for getting ready back into my 4 kids. I still do inspections to make sure items are completed which is a lot less stressful than being the reminder for 4 kids.

Room Chore Reminder List

The Room List, aptly named, is for after breakfast. Each set of kids sharing a bedroom is responsible for getting dressed, making their bed, tidying the room, and bringing the dirty laundry downstairs. I’m encouraging the kids to be responsible for their space and to help each other with a chore. My ultimate goal is to make sure my younger kids are not as messy in their rooms as my oldest son. Unfortunately, I didn’t know enough at the time to train him in good habits.

Preschool Room Chore Reminder List
My list for the preschooler/kindergartener is designed for nonreaders.

Before Electronic Time in the Morning List

The Before Electronics List covers lunch bags and getting ready for school. We have electronics time only from 7:00 to 7:30 in the morning. If a kid misses it, or starts late, there are no make ups. In the fall, I took responsibility for packing the lunches. Starting this month, I put the responsibility for filling water bottles and packing snacks on to the kids. I hang around to help them since I don’t have a dedicated snack spot due to space issues.

After school Reminder List

In addition, we have an After School List. My kids do understand their afterschool routine though it helps both of us if there’s a list to remind them when they forget.

Before TV Time in the Evening Reminder List

Finally, I did an Evening List of tasks to do before tv time. I wrote this list mainly because I moved the task of bringing dirty laundry down to the evening since the kids had fewer tasks then.

Do You Have Routine/Chore Lists for Your Kids?

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Barb Hoyer has written 3920 posts.

After working in the fundraising world for over ten years, Barb is an avid runner, writer, photographer, parent volunteer, and lover of dictionaries and thesauruses. Wife to an engineer and mom to 5 kids, Barb lives in the suburbs of Philly. Her idea of relaxation is an afternoon on the couch with a stack of books.

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Carrie January 22, 2013 at 1:09 pm

I’ve been meaning to do this but figured I’d have to wait until I have readers… but I love the images list! I can easily whip that up for my oldest!
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Barb January 22, 2013 at 5:14 pm

All my images came from the clip art in Microsoft Word. There’s lots of free clip art online, too.


Connie January 22, 2013 at 3:21 pm

I love your lists. We have something similar for our kids and it works great. I really love that it helps them to be more responsible for themselves.
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Tabitha January 22, 2013 at 7:41 pm

I love your lists for your kids. I think it’s great you are helping them developing great habits!
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Sharon at Momof6 January 22, 2013 at 8:21 pm

Your lists are beautiful! I have my lists too…. but unless I re-vamp them regularly I find that we start to move away from actually using them. I think that kids really do like to know what’s expected of them…
Thanks for linking up with us #ShareYourLife!
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Charlene@A Pinch of Joy January 27, 2013 at 1:01 am

Great ideas — love the non-reader list! My kids “forgot” their chores until I started putting it in a list and they couldn’t “forget”. That helped so much. I also like the idea of dividing the chores into morning and evening, too. Thanks so much for linking on Busy Monday!


Barb January 28, 2013 at 1:54 pm

Spreading the chores out helps so much. I would definitely try it.


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