Monday, June 25, 2012

Parent Tip #111


I really am the worst morning person ever. And on mornings when we need to get out of the house to be somewhere at a certain time, chaos ensues at the Deneweth House. 

I feel much like a drill sergeant barking orders to do the same things they do every single morning to get ready. If I don't keep on top of these kids, it seems they complete one task, then retire to read a book, play with legos or whatever else catches their attention at the moment.

Today marks the second day, I've tried this hack out and I am happy to report that it totally works!! While I finish up my breakfast, I make a little list of the things they need to complete while I clean up the kitchen, get myself ready and get the 1 year old dressed and ready. Roxy is a new reader and she loves this!! I go over the list with Riley, who is not quite a reader yet and he understands what needs to be done and Roxy is happy to help him if he needs the next task read again to him. 

They get their tasks done and I get ready faster because I don't have to worry about staying on top of what the other two are doing at the other end of the house!

You will note that there is one task with a star next to it. They know this is what they get when everything else is done. If they complete everything on time, then they get a reward.

I'm thinking of making up a list and laminating it, since most morning tasks are the same. And I'm excited to perfect this morning routine before school starts again. It would be oh, so much less stressful if we didn't have battles every school morning.

Do you think this little trick would work for you? Do you have any tips you'd like to share?

<3, Tabi :D


  1. I still use checklists!

    I nominated you for the Liebster Award :) There's more information about it on my blog.

    ♥ Naomi {Starry Eyes + Coffee Cups}

  2. I use checklist all the time, my kids are still little but the checklist help me and my husband get things ready so that we are not loosing our minds when we are trying to get out of the house. Also I try to pack or prepare things the night before. Or else I always forget something.
    Stopping by from SITS and I am your newest follower

    1. At the end of the day I am exhausted and good for nothing except becoming a zombie on my couch and catching up on shows. But I do take full advantage of my Reminders app on my phone. Without my own checklists, it'd be even more chaotic over here.


I love feedback, thanks so much for sharing.

Have an awesome day.

xo, Tabi :D

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