New Year, New Routines: Establishing Family Routines That Stick

Establishing Family Routines That Stick

My life functions around planning, routines and lists. With all the many roles you have to juggle as a mum, I find a bit of structure can make a huge difference. If you are planning a bit of a revamp in your family life this year, I've got some easy ideas you can implement to help create achievable and sustainable routines for you and your family, to try and make your life a little less chaotic and busy! As mums, were are generally the creators of our family routines, and it's time to build a foundation that sticks. Nothing too overwhelming, more of a few manageable tweaks that can lead to big, positive changes. 

Morning Moments
Mornings can be absolutely chaotic, am I right? The key is to finding a routine that starts your day off in the best way. Whether it's getting some fresh air, exercising as soon as you wake up, a quick shower, journaling, or just taking the time to savour that hot cup of tea. Happy Mum, Happy Family, right? Starting off the day with a little self care, there's nothing better. 

Now getting your little ones ready for the day, can sometimes feel like an impossible challenge. Personally I have created a morning checklist, my youngest has big images so she can tell exactly what needs doing. It makes life so much easier when you're little ones know exactly what needs doing, and you don't need to be constantly asking them to do things. It also helps instil a sense of responsibility too.

Fuel for the Day
Mealtime routines can be a game changer. Consider involving your children in preparing meals, or meal planning. Let them pick a meal or even help in the kitchen. It's not just about the food itself, it's about creating memories and making healthy habits. If you homeschool too, lunchtime can be a fantastic opportunity to turn it into a mini science experiment, or talking about geography!

Establishing Family Routines That Stick

Afternoon Adventures
I don't know about you, but I find afternoons exhausting - and I don't even have to do school pick up! If you're juggling work, chores, meal making and children's activities - it's knackering! So break it down into manageable chunks, set aside specific time slots for the different things you need to get done. It might not always go exactly according to plan, but having a rough outline can help enormously!

Consider creating a family to-do list too. It doesn't have to be a strict schedule, but more of a guide for the day. It's always ok to ask for help, and delegate tasks to other when you are overwhelmed. Everyone lives in the house, so everyone can help with the upkeep!

Winding Down
As the day winds down, create a calming routine that signals it's time to relax. I heard a quote from Jamie Lee Curtis yesterday which was along the lines of from 4 o'clock onwards, that's pre-bedtime. It's time to wind down, and brush the day off. Perhaps a warm bath, reading stories together or cuddling up on the sofa. It's the perfect time to unwind, and spend time with your family too.

Bedtime can be SO much easier with a consistent routine. Establish routines that signal it's time for sleep. And don't forget, reserve a little time for yourself once the kiddos are tucked in. The perfect way to end the day.

Establishing Family Routines That Stick

Consistency is Key
Now life is never going to be simple, it's never going to go to plan every day. But the secret to a successful routine is consistency, not perfection. Be adaptable, be open to adjustments and you can figure out exactly what works for you and your family. Celebrate the small victories and don't be too hard on yourself if things don't go to plan.

Wishing you a year filled with laughter, growth and a happy family life!

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