Know how I decided to do routine charts for the girls? We’ve been doing them for several days now. They’re amazing.
Do you know what the kids did to me yesterday morning before I even opened my eyes?
Nothing. There was no nail polish, no sharpies, no spilled beverages all over the living room rug. No arguing.
It was miraculous. Like heaven itself rained down on their beds and turned them into obedient, self-sufficient, whine-free children. I’ve been staying up way too late, and may have fallen back asleep after I was supposed to get up this morning. Whoops. But those 10 minutes were glorious. Anyway.
When I got up, the girls were up. And dressed. With hair brushed, and teeth brushed. Homework was done and in the appropriate folder. I felt like I had slipped into an episode of The Twilight Zone.
And yesterday morning wasn’t it! Goo LOVES her routine charts. Her first day, she was so excited to do her jobs all by herself, she was zipping back and forth all over the house: checking the chart, finishing a job, checking the chart, finishing the next job. Not even kidding, she makes her bed every day. Sometimes she makes Punkin’s too. The kid is on fire.
The only downside was that she was so supremely excited about making her bed all by herself, she would get really ticked whenever her covers got messed up. Like when we needed to tuck her in. Needless to say, this added a little stress to nap time and bed time. After a couple of days, she got the hang of the whole make the bed, sleep in the bed, make the bed again, cycle.
But honestly, that was the only negative. And that’s barely a negative. Well, that and the fact that the first two days, I had to keep reminding Punkin to check her chart. Which isn’t much different from my reminding her to get dressed-brush her teeth-get her shoes-pack her bag. But she’s breezing through it now. And whereas mornings around here used to involve strained tones of voice, tears on more than one occasion, and the frequent emergence of the mean Mommy voice, the other day Punkin was ready 15 minutes early. It’s insane I tell you.
If you have kids who can comprehend something like this, but haven’t tried it yet, do it. I don’t know why I waited so long. Routine charts are my new favorite thing.