In your Home and Homeschool
Since I have some new readers, I want to talk about your basic morning routine for a few minutes. This is a good reminder for those of you who have been doing your routines for a while. You can do a little self-check as I review the parts of the morning routine.
Are you setting the example in your home and getting dressed down to the shoes first thing in the morning?
As you establish this habit, encourage your children to move along with their morning routine as well and get dressed first thing each morning. When my children were little, I made it a point to be dressed before they got up. Sometimes it was hard. Sometimes it did not happen. For the most part, I was successful!
Then I taught my children the following routine:
- Get up
- Go potty
- Wash hands
- Go to the kitchen table for breakfast
- Brush teeth
- Wash hands and face
- Get dressed
- Make bed
They still follow this routine, and they are much older now, though don’t tell them I mentioned the potty thing. (smile) Give your children a legacy of habits and routines!
If you are not getting your bed made during your morning routine, I want you to try to remember to make it as soon as your feet hit the floor each morning. It will take a bit of re-training on your part, but it makes such a difference when you go back into your room later and the bed is made.
I make my side of the bed while my husband is still in the bed. When he gets up, he makes his side of the bed. Isn’t that great team work?
After my shower each morning, I give the bathroom a quick swish and swipe. It’s become such a habit that I find myself wiping down counters and sinks in hotel bathrooms when we travel.
Another important step in your morning routine is to check your calendar. Sometimes we forget we have an appointment, so it helps to check the calendar. While you are checking the calendar, check the menu plan to see if you need to lay something out to thaw.
Then, you are ready to start a load of laundry. This can be a quick thing to start if you pre-sort your laundry as people take their baths/showers.
If you have not mastered your morning routine, write down the 6 parts of it on a sticky note and post the list somewhere visible throughout the morning.
Your Zone Mission today is to shine the bathroom sink and toss the anything that you do not need.
Your Home Blessing for today is to toss paper and magazines.
My menu plan for Thursday is fish and a salad.
Have a blessed day!
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