We are only a few weeks into homeschooling our two boys. Which means we are in no way completely adjusted to homeschool life.
BUT! I have already noticed one key pattern. We have a few areas that need to be organized almost all the time. If those areas of our day become unstructured or messy, the whole day starts to spiral. Not for the family, but for me. I am all of a sudden behind and don’t know where to start first. This starts to stress me out and THEN it starts to trickle over to the family. 😉
Key Area #1 – Our Mornings
Our morning was the first area that I tackled. I was taking a full hour to get ready and when I was done the kids weren’t out of their pjs yet. This wasn’t their fault. I didn’t set any expectations.
The boys did a wonderful job getting themselves ready for public school. We just needed to transfer that to homeschool. It was time for all of us (read me) to take our homeschool start time seriously.
We are trying to get the kids (read ME again) into a more effective way of handling the morning. So we all have morning checklists.
Want to know something funny? I brush my teeth AFTER I put product in my hair so I can fit washing my hands in with a task. I think I am so efficient with this that I smile every time I remember to do it in order! This checklist needs to be done before the boys head down for breakfast and I head down for coffee. We have a checklist for after breakfast on the front of the fridge.
Here is why I love the checklists. I don’t have to remember what to do! Yes, I currently need all the help I can get to clear brain space. I just launched TWO new products, switched our curriculum and STILL get my eyes crossed at all the subjects housed under language arts. Having these tasks on a list not only helps me remember and stay on task, it holds me accountable since the kids see it. We all have unwritten jobs within the kitchen. They will read me my responsibilities to me while they are reading theirs.
When we stick to the lists, we avoid the slippery slope of dirty clothes on the floor and dishes piled to the ceiling. These simple things keep our house running smoothly. When we forget to do our checklist, things fall out of balance very quickly!
What is your trick to keeping a happy morning? I would love to hear about them in the comments below!