Happy Monday!!! For us, this Monday means the first day of school. As you are reading this we are probably getting ready (or already done) with our first school day, which you will be able to read about tomorrow. As with any school year, this year we will adapt our “routines” to make them more friendly for school. This has been great for this Mama’s Mental Health since having a plan means everyone knows what to expect, and while there are a few hiccups along the way, stuff just gets done better that way.
Our Routine starts with Dinner and goes a little something like this:
- Clean-Up Toys/Dishes
- Bed Time Snack
- Brush Teeth
- Lights Out
It is simple, and as long as it is followed it seems as though everything gets done and the girls have some time to decompress with bath time play as well as a movie.
This routine wasn’t easy for me to come up with. I love planning, maybe a little too much. So, as I started to put together a routine, it felt very much like I was packing on way to much. We eat Dinner around 6:00 and Lights out is by 9:00. When you think about all the things we have on that list, they pretty much have to go like clockwork if we want to get everything done.
I struggled with this until I realized that a “Movie” could be shortened to a “TV Show” if it takes that long. We have “Books” down, but if I only get through 1 book, it was still time spent reading to them.
Learning to keep an open mind has helped me tremendously. I feel like no matter what I can adapt the schedule. I am also teaching the girls at a young age to prioritize. If we get home late and everything gets pushed around, they can decide if they want a quick bath with no play for a longer time to watch a movie or TV Show or if they want a normal bath and only watch 1 TV show instead of a movie or more than 1 TV Show.
Having a schedule also helps me in the morning. If I have plenty of time to relax and finish up all my nightly routines and get to bed at a decent hour. It’s much easier for me to wake up earlier, ready to conquer all that we have to do that day.
My nightly routine includes:
- Laundry/Chores Of The Day
- Get Girls In Bed
- Relax (Watch TV or Read)/ 2 Day a Week Work Until 10:15
- In Bed By 11:00pm
When my nights go smoothly, my mornings go smoothly as well. This is better for everyone’s mental health, since there isn’t as much frustration and yelling. Everyone has a job, and everyone is expected to be doing their job.
Having nightly routines in place is important for your mental health. It provides a gentle guideline to keep you focused while allowing you the freedom to bend a bit and be flexible. They also alleviate the possibility of forgetting important tasks, and ensure a more peaceful day.
Do you have routines???