A solid morning routine can make a world of difference when you’re trying to get the kids out the door for school every morning. This picture list is simple, nice to look at, and works well for kids of all ages. I used one with my kids until they were around 10 or 11 and could remember all of this on their own.
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Here are the best things about having a printed morning routine hanging on the wall
- It removes the nagging. Everyone knows what the expectations are so I don’t have to nag, I just ask how they’re doing on their list.
- I don’t have to keep it in my head! Before kids I never knew how mentally taxing it would be to keep so many different things in my head for so many people all at once. With the list on the wall, I don’t have to keep any of it in my head – with one glance we can all see what’s done and what needs doing.
- It puts the responsibility for getting ready for school firmly on my kids’ shoulders, not on mine. I still help them, and monitor their progress, but we all know it’s THEIR list, not mine. I’m not the one who needs to accomplish these tasks, and having their name at the top helps make that clear to everyone. It removes me as an opponent and lets me be a support.
- We are all less likely to forget something when it’s all written down!
There are many ways you can use the Trip Clip Morning Routine:
|Print it and hang it on the fridge||Print it and use it with a kid-sized clipboard||Laminate it and re-use it every day with a dry erase marker|
|Turn it into a magnetic checklist||Use it on a mobile device|
If the items on the list are not quite right for your family, you can easily edit this list using The Trip Clip website. You can add more items, remove items, and even change the pictures or the text.