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During the school year, the family schedule is busy. School, sports, after school activities, and household chores eat up almost all of our time. During this time, more than ever, it’s important to establish healthy family habits. For my family, having a daily schedule to check works really well. Today I’m sharing my kids daily routine printable with you, along with some helpful tips.
Why Do We Need a Daily Routine List?
As a parent, I spend a lot of my time complaining to my husband about how my kids can never remember to do the things I remind them EVERY SINGLE DAY to do. He’s had to listen to countless phone calls after the kids have left for school listening to me rant about the dirty dishes in the sink and crumbs on the counter even though I’ve reminded them to clean up after themselves hundreds of times.
Then I realized that I’m just as guilty of similar offenses. If I don’t keep my moisturizer beside my toothbrush, I forget to apply it at night after I brush my teeth. I have to keep my vitamins next to the coffee to remember to take them each day.
Visual reminders help us establish good habits. That’s why a printed daily routine helps.
What Should be on the Daily Routine List?
The short answer is – anything you want to ensure your kids do each day. Our daily routine includes a variety of tasks including chores, hygiene, and personal responsibility.
Our daily routine list is NOT a chore chart, even though it includes daily chores like cleaning up after breakfast and dinner. The chores in our daily routine are tasks that teach my kids to clean up after themselves. Other chores like dusting, vacuuming, and weeding are household responsibilities that we work on as a family.
As for personal hygiene, I wish my kids didn’t have to be reminded to brush their teeth and shower, but they seem to always “forget” unless they’re reminded.
In addition to chores and personal hygiene, I’ve added reminders for other daily tasks. There’s a reminder to take their vitamins to help fill any nutritional gaps in their diet and to support their overall health†. I also added reminders to make sure they have everything they need before they leave for school, and to make time to read and practice their musical instruments. These are all activities they like to do, but sometimes get busy or distracted and legitimately forget. Or, because our days fly by so quickly, sometimes they don’t remember if they’ve done them yet that day or not. The checklist helps them keep track.
On the topic of vitamins, it’s much easier to get your kids to take them if you buy ones they like. We’ve tried several different brands and types. My kids prefer the gummies and they like the taste of Nature Made® KIDS FIRST® Multivitamin Gummies. More good news, they’re free from gluten, preservatives, and synthetic dyes. Added benefit – they’re available at Target, sometimes at an amazing bargain like my latest score.
Where Should I Keep the Daily Routine List?
Obviously, it’s your decision where to keep your kids’ daily routine. Since the kitchen is the place my family spend the most time in or walking through, ours is posted there (placed conveniently at my daughter’s eye level).
The list is supposed to serve as a visual reminder, so it’s important you post it somewhere it will be seen. If you like to keep your surfaces clear though, you could keep the list in a drawer and simply set it out each morning and evening in a place where the kids know to check it and mark it off.
Ours is laminated (you can also just slide it inside a page protector) so I can wipe it off each night and re-use it the next day. You could also print a new one each week if you prefer.
How Do I Get the Free Kids Daily Routine Printable?
Easy! Just click here or on the image below to get a .pdf version of my printable.
Can I Customize the Kids Daily Routine Printable?
I was hoping you’d ask! Since I know all families are different, I wanted to make it easy for you to customize the daily routine printable for YOUR family’s needs. I’ve created an editable Word Doc for you. To purchase it, just click the button below.
† These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.