Organizing Your Morning Routine

January 19, 2010 by  

Triplets playing on the computers after chores completed

Triplets playing on the computers after chores completed

My mornings with the kids are normally very calm and relaxed. They know their routine and I don’t have to yell and drag kids out of bed, force them to get their things done….stressing out myself and everyone else in the house. Why? Because we teach them to do things on their own. We don’t have to bribe them or pay them all kinds of money (they get $1.00 a month allowance, just to start teaching them about saving money – and guess what they are thrilled with that. They love take a few dollars and putting it in the bank).

The older 2 (16 & 17 years) get themselves up, get all their things done and are out the door usually before the 9 year old triplets are up. The older 2 have to be at school by 7:30 and usually walk the  one mile to school. Sometimes my older one drives them. The triplets have to be at school by 8:45am.

They wake up (usually on their own). Before they come downstairs they have already made their beds, done their 20 minutes of reading, brushed their teeth and gotten dressed for school.  They come down and now are able to get their own breakfast, pack their lunches (usually they do it the night before), get all their things together and put in their backpacks and are ready for school.  Then they have free time if there is still time before we leave for school.  No yelling, no running around like chickens with our heads cut off. I’m very proud of them.

They have been having fun playing Build-a-Bearville online and want to get all their things done so they can get on the computer.

I love independence in kids and I work on teaching it young.  I think it is only going to help them in life.  I have 3 grown sons and I know it has helped them that they are able to do things on their own.

I hear woman (and men) say all the time that they love their children so much they want to do everything for them. But in my opinion that isn’t a love that is beneficial to them, I see it as only stunting them in the future.  I have seen many a teenager, young adult and grown adult that had everything done for them…and guess what? They continue to expect that in other areas of their life. Their wives for instance or co-workers.

So how do you do it? Start young!  When they want to try something on their own, let them.

*Teach them to pick up their toys and make their beds. They don’t have to be perfect, but they will learn that they need to do it each morning.

*Have the cereal, bowls and cups at a level they can reach. Teach them to use the toaster safely so they can make their own toast.

*Have them lay out their clothes the night before so there are no “clothes meltdowns” and no big decisions when they might be groggy.

*Let them start helping with making their lunches when they are young and work them up to making it on their own.

*Make sure they either have an alarm set or you wake them up so they have plenty of time to get it all accomplished with some free time put in there for when they accomplish all their goals.

If you sleep until the last minute and everyone is racing around in the morning then everyone is stressed and it isn’t a good way to start the day.


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6 Responses to “Organizing Your Morning Routine”
  1. Bean says:

    This is great and all, but if you have any tips on how you got them to do their routines, I’m all ears. My 7 year old son has been given a routine for the morning, but getting him to follow it is another story. Even the motivation of free time to play before school doesn’t help. He drags his feet and we’re always up against the wire.

  2. Sandy says:

    I just finished my post for tomorrow on how to get your child to help. You will have to read it. Be ready! I’m tough!

  3. I think my boys really crave understanding the rules and routine. We have a ‘magnet board’ where they earn treats. They are 3 and 5 and the rules are little fuzzy about the payout part…but they do not like having to take one off.

    I am not firm enough, but getting there. They really want to be rewarded with praise for being ‘big boys’. Thanks for sharing your way, and being the leader isn’t be ‘mean’ as my boys try to say… ;)

  4. I take it one step further. My 9-year-old must choose her outfits for the week before dinner on Sunday. She loves checking the weather for the week ahead. After I have approved the choices, she puts them in a set of hanging bins labeled with the days of the week.

  5. Sandy says:

    Wonderful! You are also teaching responsibility and resourcefulness!


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