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.
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.
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.
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.
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.