Children are creatures of habit and often fear the unknown. Having a daily routine not only help your children have a sense of security while also keeping the household running smoothly. Daily schedules will vary based on the needs of the family, and you should use trial and error to determine what works best for you and your children. If something doesn’t seem to be working that well, it’s okay to modify them so they do work.
Set Up a Checklist for Daily Routine
One way to set a daily routine and stick to it is to write it all down. If your children are old enough to read, make a schedule that is easy enough for them to follow. If you make a checklist using a dry-erase board, you can have them check off the things they’ve already done. You can also make a checklist for yourself to have things run smoothly, including things you need to do for the day and things you need to do to prepare for the next day.
Prepare Clothes Ahead of Time
A problem that many parents face is the dreaded morning rush when everyone is rushing around and you’re running behind schedule. You can save yourself and your children time by selecting their outfits ahead of time. This will allow you to have more time in the morning for getting the kids ready for school and out the door in a timely manner. Compression clothing for kids is something to consider if your child has Sensory Processing Disorders, Rett syndrome, or Autism because they provide therapeutic comfort.
It’s a huge help to already know what the meals and snacks will be before mealtime approaches. You can either make a weekly menu or plan it out for the next day. Again, if your children are old enough to read, you can have the menu for them to read. If your children are not yet in school, a meal plan will still help you because you’ll already know what to give your kids or what you need to make dinner.
Having your children go to bed at the same time every night, including weekends, helps you stick to your routine and it allows your children’s body to stick to the same routine. Set aside time that allows your children to wind down and relax, getting in the mindset that bedtime is soon. Let your children know that lights out will be the same time each night and stick to it.
Keep it Simple
Don’t focus on planning every minute of your day because that’s less likely to work. Sticking to an hourly schedule makes the most sense to many parents, even if some hours are designated as free-time. Keep the routine simple so you children can adapt to it. Try to stick with the routine every day so your children can get used to it, but do understand that things can come up, completely throwing off your entire routine for the day. Children do take a lot of comfort in knowing what’s going to happen the next day, but not every day will run as smoothly as you wish it to.
Life can be hectic, especially with children, work, and keeping the house running as smoothly as possible. You and your children will benefit from having a set plan and a checklist to make sure everything that needs to get done does. Prepare for the next day the night before and you can make school mornings much less hectic for everyone involved.
Written by Monique