5 Ways to Help Kids Learn Routines

Use these 5 tips to help your kids learn routines for home, school, and day-to-day activities and make each day a little smoother for everyone. 5 Ways to Help Kids Learn Routines ~ Tipsaholic.com #parenting #kids #routine

5 Ways to Help Kids Learn Routines


Routines are a valuable tool for children and their parents. Whatever their age, children can be taught routines that will help them understand their responsibilities and what to expect each day, which will make transitions from home, school, daycare, and other places and activities much easier for children and parents alike. Start with these 5 tips to help your kids learn routines and you’ll be on your way to a smoother day.


1. Charts

Kids love taking charge. Give them the opportunity to be responsible for some of their own daily to-do’s – within your limits. A chart is a great way to do this. Create a chart with photos or clipart or purchase a chart like this that outlines the things they need to do before school or at bedtime to help them get started. This way, they can see for themselves what steps to take and don’t need so many verbal reminders. Giving them the responsibility for these simple tasks can be a major confidence booster as well.


2. A visual schedule

Teaching children a routine using a calendar helps them learn how to apply their habits in the long-term. Consider using a big family calendar where you can write or place pictures of the parts of your routine that will be weekly and monthly. If Grandma picks the kids up from school every Thursday, put it on the calendar. If a child has a spelling test every other Friday, it may benefit them to see it coming up and remind them to study on the days that lead up to it. Adults can help younger children by pointing out which day it is and how many days will pass until the next event.


3. Stick with it

Consistency is going to be your best friend when it comes to your children’s routines. When they know what to expect each day, they are far more likely to cooperate even when there are interruptions to your schedule. Follow your routines to the best of your abilities and talk things over with the children if there are going to be changes or new routines introduced. Do the same things in the same order as often as you can.


4. Give kids a time warning

When it is time to transition from one activity or routine to the next, give a warning. Simply letting a child know that “in 5 minutes it will be time to go,” or “10 more minutes until bath time” is often enough to help prevent a meltdown. Children have a limited understanding of time and framing it for them from an early age will give them a head start when it comes to their experiences outside the home.


5. Make routines meaningful

Children will be more likely to adopt and embrace routines when they include an activity they enjoy, like spending time with parents reading books or playing games. You might also want to include some “free” time in their day-to-day routines to give them moments to create and learn how to structure their time on their own. A meaningful routine may also include some alone time for an individual to take some space and breathe.



Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.


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10 Great Examples of Family Schedules

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Creating a family schedule can often be a good way to keep track of the many things that keeps everyone busy throughout the day. But since every family has unique events and activities, the key to following that schedule is finding just the right one to fit your family’s needs. Here are 10 great family schedules. Even though each one is different, all are good examples of ways to keep a family’s day planned and organized.


1. Visual Family Schedule

If you have little ones who cannot yet read, a schedule with pictures, instead of words, is an easy way for everyone in the family to follow along.

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2. Colorful Dry-Erase Board Schedule

This is a different take on the Dry-Erase Board, and almost becomes a work of art on the wall. Simply frame colorful paper that complements the decor of the room. Then write on the glass with a dry-erase marker to keep all the days of the week planned out.
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3. Family Binder Schedule

For the family where just one schedule won’t do, make a binder to keep the various calendars, plans, and lists together. This is a great way to keep it all in one place and easy to find when needed.

Home Binder: Make your own or buy a pre-made kit. Either way, it's a great way to store all the 'lists' (grocery, menu, phone numbers, emergency, home repair, etc.) that we all tend to keep, but can never find.

4. Post-It Note Family Schedule

Make a large daily calendar on a poster board — if it’s big, you can’t miss it — and create a column for each person in the family. Then fill out each activity on a Post-It note. If the schedule needs to be rearranged later (say now Dad has to take the kids to soccer because Mom has a meeting that will run late), the events can easily be changed around by removing the Post-It from one person’s column and moving it to the new place.

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5. Electronic Family Schedule

Using an app like Cozi is an easy way to keep the family schedule at your finger tips. There are multiple websites that offer family calendars, just find the one that is the easiest for you and your family to use.

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6. Color Coded Family Schedule

Assign each member of the family a color. This way each person can know what they need to be doing at a certain time by looking for their color on the schedule. It also prevents the need to write out the same activity multiple times, if more than one member of the family is also doing the same thing.

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7. Family Schedule Board

Clipping information onto a board (with colorful clothes pins) will keep all schedules easy to read at a quick glance.

8. Decorative Window Chalkboard Family Schedule

Get creative with your family schedule. One way is to convert an old window with chalkboard paint into a handy way to jolt down the week’s events. There is even left over space for a grocery list and extra things to get finished.

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9. Framed Family Schedule

With young children or during certain parts of the year, your family schedule can be predictable. Add some style to the day by typing up your family’s daily to-do list and printing it out on a color printer. Framing it gives a finished look to the timeline.

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10. Store Bought Planner

For those families that would like the ease of a pre-made planner, there are several on the market that can get any family schedule of the right track to being organized.

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I’m Frances. I am a mother, a wife, and a community volunteer. I work as a scientist by day and moonlight as a blogger. Making lists helps me keep everything on track. While I have a good life, there is always room for improvement. Join me as I decorate, organize, and try new things over at my blog Improvement List.

How to Create a Family Schedule to Organize Your Life

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For most families there are so many lessons, practices, meetings, social events, school activities, sports games and all the other things that keep a family busy it is hard to keep track of it all. Taking the time to make a family schedule can help, and finding just the right system can keep all of it running smoothly. These six tips to create a family schedule can help you put together just the right thing. Then, you and your family can be on your way to a more peaceful and organized life.


  1. Pick the right kind of family schedule for your family.

This is probably the most important step. Since each family is unique, what works for one might not for the other. Getting input from all family members is a great way to figure out what is the right one. Maybe your family is very tech savvy and would like a web based calendar that everyone can access. Or a color coded calendar on the wall might work. Here are a few examples of great family schedules to get ideas flowing.

  1. Keep it simple.

The goal of the family schedule is to keep everyone on the same page and organized. While it could be tempting to add a lot of creativity to this, don’t make the schedule so complicated that you have trouble remembering what it all means. A schedule that is easy to follow and can be read with a quick glance is probably best.

  1. Get the family involved.

If your family is part of both creating and maintaining the family schedule, they will be more likely to follow it. It will help them take ownership of the project, and hopefully they will see the value in it.

  1. Review it often during the day.

Once the family schedule is in place, take time to review it at certain designated points in the day. Evening is a good time, so you can lay out what is needed for the next day, and make plans to getting everything on the schedule accomplished. And with a quick glance in the morning, this will make sure nothing is forgotten.

  1. Add new appointments and activities right away…do not wait.

Keeping all events documented on the family schedule is the key to making it work. By putting everything on the family schedule as soon as it comes up, you can avoid forgetting about something. Hopefully, this will prevent any kinks in the flow of the daily activities.

  1. Evaluate and only keep the most important activities.

Once your family has been using the family schedule for awhile look it over and see how it is working. Since everything is written out it would be easy to see how everyone is spending their day. Ask yourself a few questions: Are too many things being planned? Are the goals of your family being accomplished during the day? Maybe, there is something that you or another family member would rather be doing, and with a little tweaking of the schedule they can do it. By letting the family schedule evolve as needed, it will keep it working for your family.


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I’m Frances. I am a mother, a wife, and a community volunteer. I work as a scientist by day and moonlight as a blogger. Making lists helps me keep everything on track. While I have a good life, there is always room for improvement. Join me as I decorate, organize, and try new things over at my blog Improvement List.