Building great routines is a key part of creating an organized home. Kids thrive when they have routines and schedules they can rely on. And as a parent, routines mean more gets done with less nagging.
(And who doesn’t want that?)
Unfortunately, in the chaos of parenthood, building great routines doesn’t always come naturally. But using routine charts–like this daily routine chart template–makes the process much easier.
DAILY ROUTINE CHART TEMPLATE FOR KIDS
Personally, I hate nagging my kids (despite what they think). Which is why I LOVE routine charts.
Because they mean I don’t have to constantly remind my children to do what they’re supposed to everyday.
Don’t get me wrong. I remind my kids plenty during the day–that’s parenting. But I’ve found that using routine charts (and chore charts) dramatically reduces how much I have to do that.
Because they make it easier for kids to understand the expectations and actually follow through.
For me, routine charts are a handy communication tool between me and my kids. I am constantly amazed at how much easier it is for my kids to follow through with a list of tasks that are written down versus just given verbally.
As clear as we think we’re being when we tell our kids what to do, writing down what we want them to do makes it much easier for kids to understand (and remember) those expectations.
And you know what I’ve also found? Kids love to check off tasks when they’re done.
Just like when I get to cross stuff off my to-do list, my kids get a jolt of satisfaction when they get to check something off their list.
Which is why this daily routine chart is set up as a checklist!
By the way, if you have a child that isn’t yet reading, I have a picture routine chart for toddlers and preschool age children.
HOW TO USE THE DAILY ROUTINE CHECKLIST
This kid’s routine chart is divided into a “Morning Routine” section and and “Evening Routine” section.
While routines are great anytime, mornings and evening are especially important. They provide important bookends for our day.
As Lemony Snicket puts it:
Morning is an important time of day, because how you spend your morning can often tell you what kind of day you are going to have.
And the evening routine determines the kind of mood everyone is in come bedtime.
(And whether your home looks like a tornado ran through it.)
On the righthand side, there are boxes that the child can check off the task each day.
FILLING OUT KID’S ROUTINE CHART
Here are some ideas for what you may want to have in your child’s morning routine:
- Making bed
- Brushing teeth
- Getting dressed
- Doing chores
- Helping to unload dishwasher
- Getting backpack ready
- Cleaning up after breakfast
Wondering what chores your kid should be doing? Check out Age-Appropriate Chores for Kids.
Additionally, here are some ideas for what you may want to have in your child’s evening routine:
- Helping to make dinner/set the table
- Helping clean after dinner
- Picking up things around the house
- Cleaning bedroom
- Changing into pajamas
- Brushing teeth
Consider the following when filling out your kid’s daily routine chart template:
- Keep it simple. Resist the urge to overwhelm and create a complicated schedule with EVERYTHING.
- Focus on the major tasks/skills you want your child to master.
- Write routines in the order you want them done. Routines are most effective when done in the same order every time. This is how you create the muscle memory and things become automatic.
- Laminate the sheet to reuse weekly. And use a dry erase marker to check off tasks. Then you can erase and reuse. (I use this inexpensive laminator all the time!)
- No laminator? Use stickers or colorful pens to check off tasks.
FILLABLE DAILY ROUTINE CHARTS
If you are anything like me, you’re not a big fan of your own handwriting. So posting a chart with your handwriting all over it isn’t super exciting.
But don’t worry, I’ve got you covered.
If you’d prefer a fillable routine chart that you can just type in your child’s name and daily tasks, you’ll want to check out these fillable daily routine charts I’ve made (pictured below).
They come in 5 different styles depending on your child’s interests. And the instant download includes both a 5-day routine chart (M-F) and a 7-day routine charts.
DOWNLOAD THE FREE PRINTABLE ROUTINE CHART
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