It’s been said before that we are creatures of habit. It’s true. Whether we recognize it or not, we thrive in rhythms of routine and familiar patterns we can anticipate. The same goes for our kids. Whether you have been thrown off schedule by the past year’s craziness or have babies transitioning to toddlers, getting into a routine can be so grounding for the family.
Having a simple set of familiar actions for different parts of the day can trigger children’s brains to help cue their minds for the day ahead, the transition coming, and even the sleep that’s inevitably needed.
A routine doesn’t necessarily mean “schedule.” You don’t have to have to stick to strict times in order to create a familiar rhythm. Give yourself-- and your family-- grace if you try to make adjustments and it takes some time to get used to.
Below are a few suggestions to include in your families morning routine. One helpful tip/suggestion. You can create a checklist or print out pictures for little ones, to help them see what needs to be done:
- Night before- make sure backpacks and lunches are packed
- Go to the bathroom
- Get Dressed
- Eat breakfast
- Brush Teeth
- Brush Hair
We all need a moment to unwind when we get home from school or work. Try these helpful reset routines, to prep for the day to come, and also get a chance to have a snack (check out our snack plate blog for ideas), get some outdoor/ play time, and stay on top of any homework:
After School Routine-
- Empty Backpack (important papers, lunchbox)
- Empty and clean out lunchbox
- Give parents important papers
- Hang Up Backpack
- Wash Hands
- Have Snack
- Play outside
- Do Homework
After dinner and homework, it’s helpful for kids to be able to anticipate the evening activities. Keeping at least 1 or 2 things constant each day helps trigger the circadian rhythm prepping the mind and body for bedtime:
- Put everything in backpack for tomorrow (HW, etc.)
- Clean up Toys
- Take a bath
- Brush Teeth
- Set out clothes/ shoes
- Read Bedtime Stories
- Lights Out
We may not know what 2021 will bring. We may not be able to control outside circumstances, but having the predictable rhythms of home can provide a safe landing place for our kiddos. What are some routines you have found helpful with your family? We’d love to hear how you start or end the day!