Consistency Builds Routines

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool

Happy Flag Day! Take a few minutes to share with your children about Flag Day. If you have a flag, recite the Pledge of Allegiance with them. Sing a few patriot songs. Using Holidays as a spring board to teaching your children is fun! They will carry these lessons with them. We want to teach our future adults that patriotism is important.

Many of you are working on your routines this summer, and you are working with your children on their routines. Be consistent with the basic routines. The goal is that they become ingrained, and then each person is just doing their routines without thinking about it.

Over the past two weeks, our normal schedule has been way off because of my son’s accident. Our basic routines have stayed in place. I have not had to remind the boys to do their morning routine. They just do it. It is a habit.

If you make a morning routine complicated with lots of steps, it is not made into a habit easily. When things disrupt it, the complicated routine just falls apart. Ask me how I know.

Our morning routine changes very little because it is simple. If we are home or on the road, the morning routine is the same. If someone is sick, the routine is the same for everyone else.

By getting up and making the bed immediately, you do not have to think about it again. I am barely awake when I make my bed in the morning. It looks fine.

Next, I have my morning coffee, eat, rad my Bible, brush my teeth, and wash my face. I check my calendar. All of these are necessary functions no matter where I am.

Then I put on my running clothes that I laid out the night before. I exercise and get a shower immediately. Even if I have a running rest day, I still do some sort of stretching or exercise.

After my shower, I do swish and swipe in my bathroom. This is so ingrained that I look for the toilet brush when I am not at home. I always wipe down the sink area no matter where I am.

The next step is to start a load of laundry. When I travel, this is dependent on what I have available. I do laundry on vacation, so I don’t come home with a week’s worth of laundry.

Finally, I check my menu plan to see if I need to defrost anything to cook later in the day. Today is a rare day for my menu plan. My son has back to back medical appointments today, and I put down take out for our dinner plan.

While there are several parts to this routine, you can see where I have it figured out. Each step leads to the next step. It took a while to make this my morning habit. I am thankful I stuck with it. My stress has been lower these past few weeks because I have these routines ingrained.

Your Zone Mission today is to declutter 1 drawer or cabinet in your main bathroom.

Your Home Blessing for today is to wipe your windows and mirrors.

My menu plan for Wednesday is take out.

Have a great day!

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About Tami

Tami Fox is a homeschool mom of 6, who in age from 26 to 11. She and her husband have homeschooled for 17 years and have graduated three of their children from their homeschool. They are currently homeschooling 3 boys who are in grades 11, 9, and 6. They use hands-on learning and unit studies to ignite the fire of learning in their children. Tami is a homeschool author and conference speaker. You can contact her by email at Tami@TamiFox.com. Buy her book, Giving Your Children Wings at http://www.tamifox.net/giving-your-children-wings/.

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