I think that we underestimate the importance of family routines as one of the best ways to accomplish this feat of “being organized”. Family routines for yourself and for your kids that outline the steps of what you need to do, and the order in which you need to do them in order to get through a particular part of the day make our lives SO much easier!

The Importance of Family Routines

People often associate “being organized” with having everything in nice and neat piles on their desk and kitchen countertops or envisioning their belongings stored neatly on closet shelves in pretty little boxes. But to me, “being organized” is really all about is the ability to be prepared, to ...

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Summer chores and allowances

Summer Chores and Allowances for Kids

I have a hard time sticking with a plan to assign the kids chores, follow up with them on whether or not they accomplished their chores, and then paying them a weekly allowance for getting them done. With school work, homework, a packed after-school activity schedule (not individually, but as a ...

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Here's how to create an evening routine for Mom, so that we can get our family ready for the next day- and start that day in a calm and happy manner, instead of a crazed and panicked one!

How to Create An Evening Routine for Mom

This week we've been talking about family routines- a morning routine, an afternoon routine, and an evening routine for the kids. Today we are going to talk about how to create an evening routine for Mom! Now I know what you have in mind- a hot bubble bath, a good book, and perhaps a big glass of ...

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Family Routines- Evening Routine for Kids

In this series on family routines, we talked about creating a morning routine to help keep your mornings calm and we discussed how to create an afternoon routine that moves you through unpacking backpacks, organizing school paperwork, and into homework and after school activities.  Today we are ...

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Here's how to put into place a flexible after school routine that allows your kids some time to wind down after a big day at school before moving into all of the after school work and activities that follow.

How to Create an After School Routine

In this prior post I discussed how building and using a set morning routine can make your mornings much calmer. Today I am going to talk about how to put into place a flexible after school routine that allows your kids some time to wind down after a big day at school before moving into all of ...

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