Along with being huge on making lists, I need to have a routine. Actually, I don't know if it's the routine I need or the excuse to make another list. HA!
At any rate, I thought I would share what we've been doing lately. Here goes the list:
I usually stay in bed until Emmett wakes up (which was 6:30 this morning- yawn!) I get up and feed him and then we start our day with
- older boys do one job, get dressed, make beds, brush teeth while I get the baby bathed and dressed
Right now, I do my own devotions and reading whenever I get some peace and quiet. Sometimes that's in the middle of the night, sometimes it's in the middle of the afternoon. I would like to find a routine when it comes to this. Much as I hate to admit it, I think the best way to accomplish this would be getting up earlier and at a set time but that would mean missing out on snuggle time and I'm just not sure I want to give that up.
Do you have a morning routine? What does it look like?
For the boys' chores, I took this post from Organizing Made Fun and tweaked it a bit to fit our needs. Well, maybe it was partially out of laziness. I didn't want to take time to make the cute cards she has so I used popsicle sticks.
I changed the "rules" a bit, too. They have six 15 minute sticks for screen time and they each have five jobs. Each day, they have to do one job after breakfast and then the stick goes in my jar. For every 15 minutes of screen time, they have to put a stick in my jar. When they're gone, they're done with screen time for the day. They also can't bank screen time. I haven't told them that yet, though, and they haven't brought it up. At night, I put all six back in the kids' jars for the next day. If they misbehave, I take away screen time or have them do a job out of their jar. When their jobs are done for the week, they start drawing out of my jar and hey, some might get done twice! There are also bonus screen time sticks for when they deserve a reward. The bonus sticks don't expire at the end of the day, they can save those up. And, if one is mean to the other, the one who is being picked on can give his brother one of his jobs to do right then as a consequence. I can see now we're going to need more jobs in the jars!
The only glitch I've come across so far: yesterday, one of them was not listening to me so I had him go draw a stick out of his jar. His reply was "yippie! I get to clean the bathroom!" Yes, my boys like to clean the bathroom. Weeeiiiirrrddd.