Recently, after one of my routine doctor visits, my bloodwork showed that I still have some healing to do.
For those of you new to me and my blog, last year I had a huge struggle with mental health.
Depression and anxiety came upon me like a freight train after having my fifth child.
And I have been on a health journey of taking care of me.
It was in the days after this doctor visit that I started to think about how I spend my time as a stay at home mom.
Through prayer and discernment from my husband, I needed to come up with a way to streamline by using routines.
If you are in need of a more streamlined day, I highly recommend that you come up with three simple, doable, and repeatable routines: one for the morning, one for after lunch, and one for the evening.
These routines have been a lifesaver in my crazy, busy, chaotic,Â homeschooling life with five kids!
I have talked a lot about mornings on Faith Filled Parenting because mornings are so difficult for me.
I have come up with two-morning routines that have completely streamlined my mornings.
MY EARLY MORNING ROUTINE
Things on my early morning routine do not get done every day because sometimes I am tired! And I have learned this past year to give myself grace.
So on those days that I have gotten a good night’s sleep and can get up early before the kids, then these are the things that I plan on getting done.
There is nothing on the list that I must get done. These are things to build Faith Filled Parenting, but not necessary to each day.
This flexibility allows me to give myself grace on those mornings that I just cannot get up early!
The most important thing about the early morning routine is that I do not go back and try to do these items if I do not get up, except the Bible reading.
I can always find some time when the kids are playing to sit and read my bible.
But it is important for me not to feel like I am playing catch up all day!
MY MORNING ROUTINE WITH THE KIDS
Once the kids are up, they feed themselves breakfast.
Yes, they feed themselves breakfast.
And your kids can do this too!
I purchased the combo pack for $10, which comes with 12 recipes, storage labels, and shopping list.
I was able to make the recipes gluten free by substituting gluten free flour and corn tortillas easily. I also made the recipes dairy free by omitting cheese for my oldest son.
Once the kids have eaten and cleaned up their breakfast dishes, they are sent back upstairs to make up their bed, get dressed, and make sure their room is clean. Clean means no pajamas or toys all over the floor.
While they are doing that, I start the load of laundry for the day and pick one chore that needs to get done that day.
At 8:45, the kids all meet me on the couch for our morning time together.
AFTER LUNCH ROUTINE
An after lunch routine is brand new part of our routine that has helped me to get more done during the day.
After lunch, all the kids take part in helping clean up.
I start the dishwasher for the day, fold and put away the laundry, and pick one more chore that needs to get done that day.
I also make sure to read with the kids as part of our homeschool curriculum from 1 – 1:15 as we are calming the little kids down for their naps.
Since I just completed Crystal Paine’s Make Over Your Evenings course, I have seen firsthand the power of having a simple evening routine each night.
We have always had a great routine with the kids.
They each have a zone to help clean up before going upstairs.
They know to put on their PJs, brush their teeth, use the potty, and hop into bed with a book.
But I did not have a personal evening routine.
I now have a relaxing evening routine that I look forward to each evening.
If you are having a hard time creating routines, I highly recommend Crystal Paine’s courses.
They have been life-changing for me. And I know they can be a big help to you as well! Click on the images below to find out more!
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