My mission for this summer is to refresh myself and my family with meaningful experiences that grow our relationships with each other.
I hope you are making progress on developing a daily and weekly cleaning routine (and getting your kids involved). Hopefully, you are also finding some things to get rid of in order to make your cleaning tasks easier!
Today, we’re going to talk about developing a daily routine. Having a daily routine gives security and predictability to our days. We like knowing what to expect as the day progresses. A comfortable flow to the day is also relaxing, (if you keep it simple!)
Think about your family’s current daily routine. What things do you want to keep for the summer? What things do you want to change? What things do you want to alter to better fir the relaxed atmosphere of summer? Make a list of the things you want to or need to keep in your summer routine:
Example: breakfast, chore time, lunch, free time, quiet rest time, supper, snacks, bath time, reading together, etc.
If you are a very scheduled and “type A” person, you will need to adjust your focus from a scheduled, time-oriented view of life to a routine-oriented mindset. Think of your daily routine as a bunch of things done in a particular order, not necessarily at a particular time. The only things I try to keep at fairly regular times each day are meals and snacks.
Here is an example of or daily routine:
- 7:30 am breakfast
- Chore time
- Education time/free time/special activity
- 10:00 am snack
- 12:30am lunch
- Reading together
- Quiet rest time
- Free time/special activity
- 3:00pm snack
- 6:00pm supper
- Free time/special activity (usually at home)
- Reading together
You may need to come up with a couple of different daily routines. If you work outside of the home, it may work best for you to plan daily routine for work days and for non-work days. If your weekdays and weekends look very different, you may need to make a routine for weekdays and another for weekends. Generally, one main daily routine can easily be adapted to fit the needs of another day.
You know your family and how much down-time your family needs. This will determine what a special activity look like for your family and how often your family can handle these special activities. For my family, we can handle no more than one special activity each day. I also know that we can’t handle spending some time away from home each day of the week. This determines how I choose and plan activities for my family.
As you think through the things you want to include in your daily routine, remember to plan time for the things that are important to you. Do you want to keep your kids (or yourself) learning this summer? Look for a fun class in your area or online, choose some books you want to read together or some science experiments you want to do. Do you have a morning routine for yourself? Summer is a great time to try on — my morning routine is essential to getting me ready for the rest of my day!
I highly suggest limiting screen time activities and being very choosy about what you allow. Set a timer and make it a “reward” for after necessary tasks (daily cleaning habits, reading or educational activities). There will be plenty of time and opportunities to spend time in front of screens when the weather turns cold and nasty!
What things are you making time for in your daily routine?