The first step was to get fun craft supplies. Oversized white construction paper for rough drafts, and pink half-sheets of posterboard for the final incarnations.
Once we got everything home, I couldn't wait to jump right in and start working on it. I decided to start with our morning routine.
The first step was to brainstorm all the things we typically do in the mornings. I just wrote them randomly on a sheet construction paper, using different colored markers for fun. C scribbled on another piece of construction paper and told me she was making her "poo-teen."
As I wrote out the various tasks, opportunities for efficiencies popped out at me.
Then I wrote out several iterations of a schedule or order for completing the tasks.
This is my favorite plan:
- Alarm goes off.
- Everyone gets out of bed.
- Daddy cooks breakfast and empties dishwasher while Mama helps bathe and dress.
- Family eats breakfast together.
- Everyone clears their own place and cooperates to load the dishwasher and clean up the kitchen.
- Daddy takes a shower and gets dressed while Mama helps C brush teeth and do her hair.
- Mama takes shower and dresses while Daddy plays with/reads to C.
- Mama and C go outside to wave goodbye to Daddy as he leaves for work.
- Mama and C tend chickens and water garden.
I wrote it out on construction paper in colorful marker with cute little sketches to illustrate each step. We'll try to follow it for a few days and see what kinks need to be worked out before I commit it to the pink posterboard. I'd like to follow the advice of using photographs of C doing each step on the final chart.
I also did the brainstorming step for the evening routine, but need to talk it over with DH before finalizing a plan.