Have you ever found yourself repeating what you have already said a million times?
“Did you brush your teeth today?”
“Why isn’t your bed made?”
Getting our children (and ourselves) into a routine will not only teach them discipline, but it will also keep your life sane.
Mental fatigue happens when too many choices have to be made in a short amount of time. When our body is trained to function without having to think through each action, our minds are ready to take on the real tasks of the day.
Right now is a great time to start a morning routine
If you have been wanting to start a morning routine but haven’t known when to start, right now is a great time. We have just entered a time change which has given us an extra hour. If you’re anything like me, your body is programmed to wake up at the old time, which is now an hour earlier. Why not use that extra hour to begin getting into the habit of your routine?
This next step is the most important part.
Discipline yourself to establish and stick with your morning routine
No matter how hard it is, or how much you don’t want to stick with your routine, don’t give up! If you want your children to stick to their morning routine, you need to set the example. Just remind yourself over and over again how much easier your mornings will be once you and your children are set in your routine.
What to include in your Morning Routine
Grab a piece of paper and pen, and write down all of the things that must get done before you head to work, take your kids to school, or begin your homeschool day. Things as simple as devotions, brushing your teeth, putting on the coffee, cleaning up after breakfast, and so on need to be on your list.
Then, write down all of the things your children need to do before heading to school or before their homeschool day begins.
Write it out or type, print, and laminate your list and your children’s list, and begin following it faithfully every day. Pretty soon, you will find yourself automatically “going through the motions” and saving your mental energy for more important decisions.
A Morning routine example
Sometimes, getting a look at someone else’s morning routine helps in deciding what to include in your own morning routine. Below is the routine I have created for my children and myself. Remember, I am a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom, so my routine reflects the time I have available to me and my children in the mornings.
Morning routine for kids
- Read the Bible
- Brush your teeth (be inspected by Mom or Dad)
- Get dressed (and put clothes in the hamper or fold and put away)
- Make your bed
- Brush/comb your hair
Morning Routine for Me
- Get up a little before everyone else
- Basic morning bathroom routine
- Quiet time
- Make coffee
- Throw a load into the washer
- Pack Brian’s lunch
- Make breakfast
- Send Brian off
- Clean up after breakfast
- Get dressed
- Devotions with the kids
- Prep dinner
- Make sure house is in order (quick clean)
Once you and your children are settled into your routine, you will find that your are not asking the “did you” questions as frequently as you once did.