Routines Rule The Roost (Sorry parents!)
Two of the most common issues families face are a lack of cooperation and crappy time management skills. These two biggies affect every part of the family’s day, from the minute the alarm clock rings to the final light’s out, there is often struggle and frustration with the flow of daily activities, chores and expectations.
Any family can get through the day by winging it as it comes. What happens though, is we have no idea how the day will really unfold! Mornings can unpredictably rock or end in a full- blown temper tantrum, bedtimes might fluctuate, and responsibilities shift according to mood and patience level. Often we’re just going along, from one task to another, hanging on to sanity by a thread. Then after a marathon of chaotic sprints, we fold, plunking down in a chair, fully exhausted and ready to check out with a dose of reality TV. We hate to admit it, but we sometimes dread the following day simply because it’ll start all over again, ending right in the same LazyBoy with little to no energy for what’s to come.
Without a solid routine, families meet all kinds of interesting and tiresome issues include meltdowns, tears, fighting, breakfast in the car, mismatched socks, stinky breath, homework undone, and so forth.
You want to enjoy the morning with your munchkins. You want them to take care of their business. You want the stress level low and you want to get out of the house on time!
Don’t we all?
So what’s the solution? Routines! Routines that rock, actually. And here is how it works.
WHAT SUPPORTS ROUTINES THAT ROCK?
- Identify what you would like the morning, after school and evening routines to look and feel like in your home.
- Identify what you do now that works, and what isn’t working.
- Identify what your kids can do for themselves and what you would like them to be able to do.
- Develop a plan for your routine that takes into account your child’s needs, leaves room for their growth, as well as a little flexibility for the unexpected and try it out.
Practice makes progress parents! I’ll be back with Part 2 in a few days.