Streamline family life with daily routines that promote structure, balance, and harmony, while fostering growth and connection for everyone.
1. Write down what a typical day looks like for your family
You might include what time everybody gets up, when you go to work, when you have meals, and what happens at bedtime.
2. Think about the things that are important in your day
For example, you want to make sure your child brushes his teeth in the morning, or you want to read to your child at night. Do you sometimes have trouble remembering things like this, or fitting them in?
3. Write down a simple routine that lists regular activities and things you want to remember
You don’t have to do a routine for the whole day. You might find just a morning routine or a bedtime routine helpful.
Here’s an example of what a morning routine might look like:
- 7.30 am – Chelsea gets up and gets dressed.
- 7.45 am – Mum makes Chelsea breakfast. Chelsea eats breakfast.
- 8.00 am – Chelsea brushes her teeth and puts on her shoes.
- 8.15 am – Chelsea looks at books while Mum gets ready to go.
- 8.25 am – Chelsea and Mum leave for kindergarten.
4. Display your routine where you and your family can see it
This might be in the kitchen or family room, for example. If you keep your routine simple, it’ll become a habit after a while and you won’t need to check it so often. But if you keep it on display, it can still help you and your family stay on track when things get busy.
You might want to think about a weekly routine that maps out where everyone is on certain days. This sort of routine can be useful in busy families with children who have lots of activities. It can make it easier to plan when you’ll do things like grocery shopping or spending time together as a family.