“Why are you just sitting there?”
“It’s the same routine every morning!”
“Have you brushed your teeth?”
“Has she brushed her teeth?”
“Comb her hair while I get her dressed.”
“Here, just let me do it!”
“Ugh, now we’re going to be late!”
Sound familiar? It’s the morning rush at our house, and I’m sure many of you can relate whether you have one child or four. My husband and I are both home in the morning, so you would think getting our four kids ready to walk out the door would be a breeze.
Not even close.
One daughter may be sitting on the floor, still in their pajamas 5 minutes before we need to leave.
Another will hate every outfit we picked out on Sunday.
The third is probably refusing to brush her teeth.
And the fourth, that sweet little baby, is in the middle of it all wondering what kind of family she was born into.
After many frustrating mornings of “Girls, we do the same 4 things every morning: clothes, hair, teeth, shoes”, Mom morphed into Teacher Mom. (Sometimes John thinks I’m too teacher-y, but hey, it pays off in certain situations!)
They need a behavior chart, Teacher Mom thought. So in no more than 2 minutes, I whipped up the simplest, easy to follow morning routine chart for my girls.
They do not get a prize for completing these items because they are expectations. Their natural consequence is that they get extra time to do whatever they want in the morning if they are ready early.
After completing each task, the girls check it off with a dry erase marker. (I put it in a sheet protector. You could easily laminate it as well.) I honestly don’t care what order they follow as long as all 4 things are checked off. So simple even my 3-year-old-at-the-time could handle it.
Now I’m not saying our mornings are perfect, but there is more order and less Mom and Dad bossing them around.
Click either picture to download your own copy!! (You will get both versions.)
UPDATE: I have been asked to customize charts. Head here for more information!
I would love to hear how you organize your morning with your kiddos!