Back to School
Much like the chore list, I make checklists for the girls of everything that they need to do before going to school. This may seem really basic, but I have found giving them the checklist eliminates the need for me to constantly question/nag, and gives them a little control. Who doesn’t love to be in charge of them self!? Also, Ella makes her own lunch – this helps to ensure she actually eats it, as she made the selections and put it together herself.
For Em I used pictures of items as she is not quite reading – a simple solution! Just in case you are wondering – backpacks are packed the night before, as homework is done.
One other thing that has made a big difference is outfit options. My girls love to dress themselves, but the result is sometimes crazy! For school, I put outfits together on hangers, with clean underwear, and allow them to choose from the hangers. It is easiest to do as I fold laundry, and I have thought a hanging sweater organizer would work well too.
We have found giving our kids a few decisions to be made, in a controlled environment, helps with making other decisions too – a good thing in our book!
Do you have routines for getting your kids out the door? What works for you?
I’m always looking for more ideas :)