Family Routine Planner – Printable – 3+
What is it?
An empty planner and a lot of different icons to download and print. Then you can organize and visualize your family routine.
Why it is a great printable for kids?
We humans are creatures of habit and our brains work better when we know what is happening next. By working together with our children to create a new routine can help us have more control over our daily life. The more the children are involved in the process, the more motivated they will be!
Why you will enjoy it as a parent?
This printable is much more than just a paper to print. This is an opportunity to work with your family as a team to talk about routine, listen the needs and build your own routine which fit the best for all family members.
A visualize routine chart helps a lot to be more consistent, decide the routine and follow through!
What do you need?
Printer, Paper, scissors, tape, glue.
Please note this item is to download and print only.
You will not receive a physical product.
We humans are creatures of habit and our brains work better when we know what is happening next. By working together with our children to create a new routine can help us have more control over our daily life.
How to set up a Family Routine?
• Set up a Family meeting and brainstorm about what should be part of the routine (Write down everyone’s idea and even encourage silly ones « No working ever and no cleaning up! » or « kids do everything around the house and parents just play all day», that way it’s a bonding time and then it is easier to make sense of how as a team you can make it work together.)
•Agree on the different parts of the routine, it might contain: •Story time (even with older kids), it helps create a connection, and a child who feels connected is more likely to be cooperative, plus it can help transition to a calmer activity.
•Work time (Children are more able to work in the morning so it is when most of the academics should take place) (see our daily work planner)
•Outside time (backyard or walk around the block or in nature).
•Lunch (easy recipe they can participate in)
•Quiet time after lunch (nap for younger kids, meditation, reading for older kids)
•Chores: more time at home means more meals, dishes, activities, and mess, which means everybody needs to participate in taking care of the house! Introduce that if they take on more work, you will have more quality time together*
•Quality time with parents: creative activity they pick, cooking something together, going on a walk*
•Free time: it is important they have time just to have fun where they do what they want
•Screens: have clear rules that your family is comfortable with and use them at strategic time (when you have a conference call, end of the day, etc.)* Let children know the rules for media consumption will likely be different for a few weeks, but not forever.
•Create a routine chart: Download our routine chart and invite your children to do it with you! The more they are involved, the more motivated they will be!
•The first version might not work, possibly at all! Think of it as a great opportunity to learn, and try again. You can review your day at dinner time and discuss as a family how to improve. It can take homeschooling families months before they find a structure that works optimally for them. So please, give yourself the grace to fail!