Friday, January 29, 2010
Making Your Home A Haven: Morning Routine
For the most part I am a routine kind of gal. I don't do well with chaos and I find that if I start my day off right it tends to run pretty smooth.
Here is my morning routine:
7 - 8:30
Alarm goes off
Get Megan dressed or put her in bath
Start laundry if necessary (it seems necessary almost everyday!)
Empty and reload dishwasher
Straighten kitchen and sweep and mop if necessary
8:30 - 10 am
Settle Abe with toys and Megan with books
General pick up
Read books with Megan and Abe
School time for Megan/work on daily chore
10 - 10:30 am
Clean up school activity
Feed Abe a jar of food
Megan plays or talks w/me while Abe eats
10:30 - 11:00 am
Megan watches Caillou
I make lunch
11 - 11:30
Put Megan down to rest
Abe bottle and down for nap
For the most part it just seems to flow right along. I don't want anyone to see my routine and think that I have it all figured out and the things are running smoothly here. Not so! Some days getting the daily chore done is hard and sometimes it is just one of those days. On those days nothing but the essentials seems to get done!
Having a routine not only helps me but it also helps Megan. So many times she will say Caillou then lunch then rest. Right Mama? When she know what is happening next and what is expected there seem to be less behavior issues and melt downs. I try not look at this as a schedule but as a guide for our mornings.
I find it fun to see other routines. It sometimes helps me to improve mine. Stop by and visit Monica to see some other routines.