Did you know studies show it can take anywhere from three weeks to three months to develop a routine? Crazy right? And doesn’t it seem like after the holidays is when you really need to start a new routine, especially with preschoolers? The holiday’s were crazy, routines were thrown out the window, bedtimes were later, we all slept in…you get the idea! My older kids weren’t so hard to get back into the routine, but my preschooler is struggling to get back on track so I put together an easy Printable Chart to help Develop a Morning Routine (I did one for nighttime too!).
With both written words and visual pictures, she can follow her morning routine without help, and our mornings have gone so much smoother since we started.
I hung the Printable Charts right outside her bedroom door so first thing in the morning she can look at the chart and see what she needs to accomplish.
Develop a morning routine
One area that it is really helping is with her morning brushing routine. I often had to call her into the bathroom to brush her teeth and use floss and mouthwash but now with the chart hanging on the wall she is more willing to do the task and taking care of your teeth is extremely important. Did you know that dental disease is the most common disease in children? It is also the #1 reason for emergency room visits.
While caring for your teeth is an important task, it doesn’t have to be a boring chore. We like to make it fun with Firefly products like the Ready Go Traffic Light toothbrush, which lights up Green, Yellow and Red to encourage your child to brush for the appropriate amount of time–1 minute on top (green) and one minute on bottom (yellow) and red to stop.
We also love the look and flavor and ease of use of the Fun Pump Rinse, which contains an easy to use cup perfect for little hands.
Make sure to print out this easy Printable Chart to help Develop a Morning Routine and pick up some fun Firefly brushes to get your kids back on track.