The new Mighty Mommy has expert tips on how to make your family life easier by implementing rock solid routines.
As the mother of 8 kids ranging in age from 6 to 18, I can tell you firsthand that one of the biggest reasons I still haven’t lost my mind (well, not completely!) is because of my one secret weapon: routines.
Adults may find routines to be boring, or too much work to implement, but when you’re raising a family, juggling work, running a household, and trying like crazy to find time for yourself and your partner, establishing daily routines is essential.
Not only do routines help keep order and structure in your home (though your kids might never admit it), they also help kids thrive and keep them grounded. Consistency is the key with any new schedule, so if you’re feeling like the routines in your family life might be a little rusty, or possibly nonexistent, I have 5 tips to help you polish them up.
The Importance of Routines
Imagine if you were to start a new job and the company that hired you had no set rules. Employees could come and go as they pleased, didn’t have to meet deadlines, could turn in projects that were incomplete, and if they were feeling bored or restless, they could be excused and go have a break until they were feeling inspired again. Maybe that actually sounds appealing, but in the real world having a non-schedule like that would very quickly result in chaos and disaster.
Routines are your daily habits, the things that you do the same way at the same time. Routines help children feel safe and secure because they know that certain things happen at certain times. Since routines help children know what’s expected, children are generally more cooperative as a result and through consistent repetition these routines can help build their independence from a very young age right through to college. (But let’s not rush it!)
Breaking your routines into daily chunks is an easy way to start. Here’s how to implement a rock solid daily routine: