With a free printable to get you started!
When I first started out parenting, I always told myself I’d never be that parent that hangs little charts up (and you know how I feel about those ‘nevers’). It seemed too formal and forced. But once I realized my child was craving independence around two, I realized maybe those charts weren’t so bad after all.
In our home we introduced a simple morning and evening routine by placing visual charts up in our daughters’ room. By giving them an easy reminder of the steps they could take on their own, we saw them bloom in independence.
They know what was expected of them, and we get to relax a bit. Hello! Bonus!
Benefits of Daily Routines for Children
- Encourages Independence
- Bonds Family
- Establishes Expectations
- Fosters A Calmer Environment
- Builds Confidence
- Creates Healthy, Constructive Habits
- Takes Stress Off Caregiver
- Creates Comforting ‘Daily Rituals’
- Offers Stability During Times Of Stress
- Leaves Room for Flexibility
Now at 6, 4 and 2, our two oldest girls are often independent in their morning and evening routines (I say, often, not always… because they are human children after all! 😂). The tasks each day are just standard practice. I just nudge them with a “start your bedtime routine” and they jump right into their bedtime prep. It’s so nice, especially when your family grows by a few more feet, and there’s new little dependents to care for!
With the school season starting up, and our oldest heading into kindergarten, I’m adding a few more responsibilities into her schedule. With #4 due in December, I know the more prep work I put in now, the better. We’ll be adding this new chart to her room so she can follow along as she learns her new routines.
So with that, I’m throwing up some free printables! Our morning and evening charts! I have a few versions available, as we have kids at different stages in our home (and you might too!).
School Aged Kids : Morning + Night School Rhythms
This first printable is for the school aged child! It walks you through a morning routine: wake up, make bed, go potty, eat breakfast, take vitamins, brush teeth, get dressed, do hair, grab backpack and lunch, go to school.
As well as an evening routine: pack backpack and lunch, clean up toys, take bath, put on pajamas, brush teeth, take final sip, go potty, read book, go to bed.
For the Toddler: Morning + Night Toddler Rhythms
The next printable is for toddler aged children, highlighting their specific morning routine: wake up, make bed, go potty, eat breakfast, take vitamins, brush teeth, get dressed, do hair, play time.
As well as toddler aged evening routines: clean up toys, take bath, put on pajamas, brush teeth, take final sip, go potty, read book, go to bed.
Our girls are super excited for their new charts, and I hope your little ones enjoy them too!