As I get myself organised to keep on top of things, I also need to get the kidlets organised. School can be such a busy time and mornings can be particularly hectic. Having a routine that the kids can follow themselves can help a great deal. Last year each of our children had their own. They followed it and moved a chosen magnet down each step as it was completed. I think they have moved on from that so there will be just one this year. I will place it onto a clip board and hang this in a central location outside their bedrooms.
Below is the one I have created for you to download for free. It makes things so much smoother. There is another week before the kids start school so we will use this week to practice our Morning Routine. For all those who have just started the new school year, or are about to, good luck.
I believe that all members of a family need to be responsible for jobs that help the family work together. A friend of mine told me her analogy she tells her kids so they understand why they have to do jobs around the house. This works well as there are 4 of them. She told them that their family was like a lawnmower that had 4 wheels. If one of the wheels were broken or not working well, then the lawnmower would not get the job done. Each member of their family was like a wheel on the lawnmower. They had to all work together so everything would get done. I loved it so I shared it with my 2. Thanks Jody.
As the kidlets get older and are capable of more I revamp their job charts. I have just done this and thought I would share them with you. Our son is 4 and our daughter will soon turn 7. There are jobs that they each have to do every day: Make their bed, take their lunchbox and dishes to the kitchen, hang their towels up and make sure their washing is in the laundry basket.
Then we have jobs that are completed only on some days and jobs they share. They were only feeding the cats, in the morning, twice a week and my husband I were having turns as well. Then they started fighting over who would let them in and out. So now they take turns to feed them and we don’t do it at all. That worked out well. Their daily jobs are common nature for them now. I check the charts every morning to make sure the right kidlet does the right job. As they get older, their tasks will be increased slightly. Gabby has started feeding the cats at night, once a week, with their wet food. Once she has got this under control I will increase it to twice a week. They each have turns emptying the dishwasher but are at different levels. I usually empty it all except for the plastic dishes they use and the knives and fork basket. Rogey Bear just packs the plastic dishes away and Gabbylocks puts them and the cutlery away. This will again be increased with confidence and control over certain items.
Click on the link below to see how I do their charts. It is so simple to do. I just use Microsoft Word to design it and then save it as a PDF.
At the start of the year we put a morning routine in place and I said we would give it 6 months to see if it works. It has been a great help. We have 2 more weeks of school left for this term and then we will re-evaluate everything. There are, however, mornings when we still seem to have a little madness.
Our kidlets are up between 6.30pm and 7pm. I usually get up with them and give them breakfast at 7am. Their dad slowly risse and joins us. I make lunches (if not made the night before) and lay their clothes out on their beds. Daddy normally moves them on to toilet and teeth time. Along with all of this, they each have a Morning Routine Chart which they follow. Our eldest knows the routine and rarely checks on her chart. She does like to get distracted though so we always refer her back to the chart. Our little man, however, likes to check on his chart and move the car up as he goes. Very cute.
Every morning has it’s own level of madness but our charts do lessen the load. I have attached them below for you to download and use. You might want to make your own to suit your mornings.
I printed them out and laminated them. I then attached some small magnets which helps keep them on our metal cupboard. Each kidlet has a character that is also laminated and magnetised. They use this to move down the chart.