Family life can be hectic. And sometimes it can be downright chaotic. With all the “to do’s”, it’s hard not to lose sight of what needs to be done on a daily basis. Just think about some of your daily routines.
- Getting ready in the morning
- Preparing meals
- Cleaning and organizing your home
- Family time
- Getting ready for work
- Getting the kids ready for school
And this is just the start.
Seems like a lot, huh?
Sometimes you feel like you’re just scrambling to get things done. And the worst part, the kids are caught up in this whirlwind of a day.
But they don’t have to be.
Listed below are reasons why you should consider developing a daily routine.
1. Skip the “Planning” Phase
With a daily routine, moving from one activity to another is a breeze.
Guesswork… no more. Because you know what you are supposed to be doing.
Precious time is not wasted. You wake up and move.
Yes, you wake up and move!
And you move with a purpose.
2. Calm, Serene Atmosphere
A daily plan allows for a stress-free environment. Everyone knows they have a valued role. And they are in agreement of what has to be done.
Anxiety-free. Peaceful, productive, and positive.
All because of your daily routine.
3. Sense of Stability
Repetition allows us to fall into a routine. When things outside of our daily routine go awry, normalcy remains with our core tasks.
Woo-hoo! Our most important tasks will be completed as scheduled. All is not lost. The outside pressures will not disrupt the constant in our lives. The blanket of security is still in place.
Are you picturing “Linus” from Peanuts?
4. Sense of Confidence & Independence
Feeling empowered can instill a sense of confidence and independence in kids. Armed with an “I can do attitude” kids move with a sense of freedom. They take pride in completing tasks by themselves.
I can and I will.
I wear the “S” on my chest. And I am in control.
5. Good Habits
How are habits formed? By repetition.
Do you know by following a daily routine, kids can develop good habits which can lead to self-discipline?
Let’s think about some daily tasks:
- Washing hands
- Brushing teeth
- Eating at the kitchen table
- Cleaning up after themselves
Wouldn’t it be nice if this ran smoothly because the kids understood the order of events?
Setting the pattern of when events will happen can promote cooperation.
Think about it.
How many times have you played out the countdown scenario?
You know the one in which you ask the child to get up and start getting ready to go. You begin to countdown how many minutes are left before you leave.
Well, by doing this, the kids will start to notice the pattern and become more cooperative.
7. Free Time
Following a routine allows you to prioritize repetitive tasks. With a clear picture in mind, you are able to carry out your daily tasks more efficiently.
Really who wants to feel like they are running around like a chicken with their head cut off?
Not only is it oh so stressful, but your most important tasks may be left undone.
By having a daily routine, you will move from one activity to the other with little hesitation.
You know what that means. Free time!
Yes that thing that allows you to watch your favorite movie, read your favorite book, or just do absolutely nothing at all.
So with the “why” in mind, think about what daily routines you would want to include on your daily plan or chart. Then check out these examples to help you started.
- Daily Fridge Schedule – Thriving Home Blog
- Printable Bedtime Routine Charts – bitz & giggles
- Free Printable Daily Visual Schedule – And Next Comes L