My name is Brianna, I’m a wife, mom of 3, and I teach Early Kindergarten in a four year old classroom.
My kids are all four years apart, so it seems we are always balancing a new stage of parenting.
It can be overwhelming some days with trying to balance work and home. I try to stay organized as much a possible and keep to a routine. Creating a predictable routine for kids helps provide stability and boundaries.
My middle child struggles the most with routine in the morning. For awhile, we used a picture schedule to show him each step he needed to complete to get ready. Pictures help him be more independent and allowed me to not have to remind him each step.
This works at any age, but for younger kids a visual is better and older kids can use a checklist.
For example, wake up, eat breakfast, get dressed, brush your teeth, and get your backpack for school. You can customize the schedule with pictures of your child completing the task or use generic pictures. I used generic pictures, laminated the cards, and put Velcro on the back.
This allows me to adjust the schedule depending on the day if needed. The schedule helps minimize distractions such as playing in his room instead of getting dressed or forgetting to brush his teeth.
We used the schedule daily during home learning to plan out our day. There are definitely days where we are still running late, but I’ve found that consistency in our daily routine helps minimize meltdowns.
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