Morning Routines

As we begin to think about school routines, I really like this post about a morning routine — note that it happens AFTER breakfast.  That would be a huge help for us, making it more likely that we can do our family breakfast and then have a good start to the day.  It is always a tough thing to have the kids actually dressed and pressed in time to eat before Dad has to leave.  Also, checklists will go a long way in lessening my nags.

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  • Kellie “Red”

    We started school this past week and the one thing that I would add is that sometimes it takes time and flexibility to make a good routine. Our mornings didn’t go that well the first couple of days. We had to change some things around, add some things, and get rid of others. It is a work in progress! But I am always so impatient with these things, I want to have a routine set and ready almost immediately. Back to school time is always difficult, no matter your schooling choice. It takes time for everyone to adjust to the new routine, and we have to be patient with ourselves and our kids and lower our expectations during these times of transition.

  • maryalice

    My big kids picked school right up really quickly this week, though, to my surprise. I think that it gets easier as they get older.

  • Kellie “Red”

    Yes, that is true. My big two were not really the problem! My middle two, and more specifically Claire, needed several days of the new routine before things ran smoothly. Your pre-schoolers are a bit older, so that helps tremendously too!