Date Night Planning can feel like a drag, but isn’t it more fun to get these on the books instead of being frustrated that you haven’t been out in months?!
This week, I’d love to chat a little bit about the living room, dining room and other communal spaces. I’ve mentioned before that we live in a lovely small older home … this means that our “dining room”, “office” and “living room” are all basically one room divided into three. Living in a smaller home has definitely made me realize that every inch counts!
I’ll never forget the time I was in my friend’s kitchen and was in search of a spoon. I had two toddlers at the time and she did not have kiddos. I opened up her silverware drawer and saw all of the utensils perfectly lined up next to one another. I remember exhaling deep and feeling relaxed just at the sight of it. Haha!! My drawer at home was filled with a mix match of plastic and metal utensils anything but lined up in rows.
I’m not sure if you live in a big house with a grand front entryway, large staircase and chandelier OR in a farmhouse with a welcoming mudroom in the back door with a bench, hooks and lots of shelving OR in a one bedroom apartment where the “entryway” is two feet from your kitchen table. Regardless of what your ‘entryway’ looks like, I find that this space that welcomes us in from the outside world is prone to get so much clutter.
We have spent the past month talking through routines, age appropriate contributions, and other family structures. A previous client of ours sent over an article she wrote regarding sugar, sleep and the behavior of our kiddos. Jessica is a certified health coach and is offering a free healthy eating guide for kids if you are interested!
Check out our last post where we talked about bedtime routines so you can prepare for what time your little one should be waking in the morning. Once you have your daily wake time set for your family, you can begin to think of your morning routine for your infant/toddler/big kid.
One thing we love to encourage our Sleepy Cues community to do is thinking of the tasks you want your child to be able to do themselves, and which tasks you will help them with. For young infants, you will obviously be doing most things for them, so take time to consider which ones you will take care of and which ones your partner will take care of.
Once you write down the necessary components, you can divide up responsibilities between you and your partner and also your kiddos if they are old enough!
Infant Morning Routine:
7AM: Daily Wake Time
7:05AM: Morning Feeding (keep lights dimmed/white noise on if your baby has trouble focusing)
7:15AM: Open drapes/“good morning”
7:25AM: Tummy Time/Play Time with Dad while Mom gets ready
7:45AM: Breakfast with Mom while Dad gets ready (Solid feeding if necessary)
8AM: Off to work/school/or the day begins with primary caregiver
Toddler Morning Routine:
7AM: Daily Wake Time + Make Bed If capable
7:10AM: Breakfast and Liquids (bus own dishes to trash and then sink)
7:15AM: get dressed (toddler helps put clothes in hamper)
7:30AM: Play time while parents get ready
8AM: Help get shoes/socks on and leave for school/work/day begins with primary caregiver
We hope these routines we’ve provided his month helps you get into some new grooves of your children helping out and being responsible for more around the house!