Does your family have a daily routine? Today I wanted to share with you some family routine tips as well as the routine our family uses.
We used to be pretty fly by the seat of our pants around here. Things were a little chaotic and the kids didn’t always know what to expect from one day to the next.
The result of that was a lot of complaining, whining, and frustration. The kids didn’t do much better lol.
When I finally got it together and started working on a family routine things really started to get easier. For everybody. I started accomplishing a lot more throughout my day. Plus the kids started getting their own tasks done with a lot fewer complaints. (That alone has been worth the effort.)
Our Daily Family Routine
So this is our current daily family routine. We don’t stick to these times religiously. We tend to follow the routine far more than the actual time schedule. Our schedule will also change a bit on days we need to leave the house, but this is the general routine.
The toddler wakes me up. First thing I do is look over my priorities for the day. That way I know exactly what I want to accomplish for the day. If you ever feel tired of overwhelmed, this task can really be helpful.
I feed the toddler and I make breakfast for the older girls. They usually aren’t awake yet, but I just leave it out on the counter for them to eat whenever they get up.
I exercise while the toddler eats breakfast and the older girls wander in. My workouts are usually between 15-30 minutes. This is enough time for everyone to finish waking up and eat breakfast.
I assign daily chores for my older girls while I eat breakfast. Their chores are usually pretty simple. Pick up the living room, unload the dishwasher, take out the recycling, things like that.
The girls start their schoolwork while I shower and take care of my daily chores. They do their work independently for the most part, but I am nearby and available to listen in and help with any areas that they get stuck. The toddler really likes to sit with my middle daughter while she works on her school work because he likes the videos.
The girls are usually finished with their school work by now and I start making lunch.
The kids go off to play and I finally get to sit down and work on my blog. (My favorite part of my day!)
I go put the toddler down for a nap. This usually takes about 15 minutes on a good day. This is the time that the girls will usually pull out a project or activity that they can’t do when he is awake. Things like painting, cooking, crafts, etc.
I get back to blog work while the girls entertain themselves. (Woohoo!)
The girls make themselves a snack and around this time the toddler usually wakes up too. Depending on his mood, I might have to snuggle with him for a while or make him a snack as well. Then I go back to blog work.
The kids get to be on their electronics now. I’m usually still working away on the blog.
If the girls are going to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu that evening, this is the time where I have to tear myself away from the computer and start getting dinner and everything ready to go.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for the girls. If they aren’t going that evening, this is the time of day I start wrapping up my work because I start getting a lot of interruptions asking what’s for dinner.
Dinner time. Once we finish eating, the kids pick out what they want to take to the gym and we get ready to head out for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class for my husband and I. We usually go 4 nights a week.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class for my husband and I. Definitely one of my favorite times of the day. Momma NEEDS that exercise and stress relief. (You can read about why I think exercise is so helpful for moms here.)
We get back home and the kids hop back on electronics until 8:30 PM. I usually hop back on the computer so I can get a little more blog work done. (I just can’t stay away lol.)
The kids have to turn the electronics off and they eat their bedtime snack then play until it’s bedtime.
If you want to download this Daily Family Routine, you can find it in my resource library. You can also find a blank planning worksheet to create your own.
Family Routine Tips
If you don’t know where to start when it comes to a routine for your own family, you can always take mine and adjust it to your family’s needs. If you want to make your own, I have some tips to help make it a successful one.
Whatever you put in your family routine/schedule, make sure it’s realistic. You don’t want to plan 5 activities a day if you could only realistically get 3 done. That’s just a recipe for disaster and mom guilt.
You also need to take into account the personality of the people you are dealing with. I plan the chores and school work in the morning for my kids because I know that they are more likely to get it done with fewer complaints if we do it first thing in the morning.
This applies to my own habits as well. I take into account when I’m most likely to get things done. I am a lot more motivated to get my exercise and chores done in the morning, so I make sure I get them done before I get distracted by other things.
Make sure your top priorities are on the schedule
The things that are most important to you should go on your routine first. Everything else gets filled in around those activities. (This is another tip I use to help fend off feeling overwhelmed with my parenting responsibilities.)
For example, I put exercise, schoolwork, and our meals on the schedule first. Then I fill in things like chores, crafts, or any out of the house activities.
Exercise, schoolwork, and eating healthy meals are very important for our family, so I want to make sure they don’t get overlooked or missed in our day.
Include the travel time and mealtimes in your routine
Forgetting to plan for the time it took to drive places or make food for the kids was a mistake I made in the early days of planning our routines.
I would be getting ready to go somewhere and realize I hadn’t fed the kids and I didn’t have time to feed them at home. That meant we would have to hit the drive-through. My budget and my waistline did not thank me for my poor planning.
I also would underestimate how long it would take us to get out of the house or drive somewhere. This left me feeling stressed and anxious worrying I was going to be late all of the time.
If you take a few minutes to take travel time and meal times into account, you will save yourself some unnecessary stress and drama.
Allow time for your kids to be kids
When you are planning out your family routine, take into account that your kids are still just kids. They might take 5 full minutes just to find their shoes because they never pay attention to where they take them off.
Children tend to have slightly different needs throughout the day than adults do, so you definitely want to take that into consideration.
For example, my kids don’t deal with hungry very well. I make sure that I plan snacks and meals no further than 3 hours apart. Otherwise, drama and chaos ensue and it is rough for everyone.
Another example is that I make sure I plan a full 10 minutes just for the task of getting everyone dressed and out the door. Between three children someone is guaranteed to need help finding shoes, clothes, snacks, or a bathroom break.
Don’t forget time for everyone to relax
The last thing I want to mention in my family routine tips is to make sure you plan time for everyone to relax. Children and adults need downtime to rest and reset every day.
Even if it’s just an hour or two for everyone to unwind and relax, it can really help give your whole family a chance to settle down and take it easy. This is extra important if your family typically has a pretty busy schedule.
My family usually takes the early afternoon or the evening to unwind.
Family Routine Tips Conclusion
So those are my 5 tips you need for an awesome family routine. Plus a break down of what our routine looks like on a daily basis. I hope this information will help you create a routine that works for your family.
If you have any tips that have helped your family create an effective routine, comment below or email me at Candice@littlestepsbighappy.com.
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I’m a busy mom of 3 turned Health and Fitness Coach and Self Defense Instructor. I help inspire other moms to reach their health, fitness, and weight loss goals. You can usually find me chasing my kiddos around, training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, or sneaking away to read romance novels. About Me