I’ve worked on refining our morning chore and breakfast routine for years now. It’s a very important part of our day, and without it I feel like our whole day falls apart.
I wish I could tell you that we were super efficient and had our morning chore and breakfast routine down to a science. Every morning is slightly different depending on the evening we had, what time the children got to bed, and what business projects I have going on. Furthermore, I sometimes I feel like letting the children sleep in so I can work a little later. 🙂
That said, we do have a system in place and it’s one we have used for years.
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The basic premise is this:
No schoolwork starts until chores are done.
I can’t handle starting school with a messy house! I need the kitchen, the living room, dining room and bathrooms clean before we start.
That doesn’t mean that we still don’t have messy bedrooms or a few baskets of laundry sitting around. I just require the main living areas to be clean and presentable before we start.
Each Child Has One Morning Chore For A Month
Every child has a chore they are responsible for each morning. They keep this chore for a month before we switch them to a new chore. Instead of detailed chore charts I use our Character Badges charts to keep track of what each child is supposed to be doing. Not only that, it helps them to learn about habits and responsibilities.
How does it work? Well, there are two charts for each child, an obedience and disobedience chart. I put down their required chores on the obedience chart along with other habits such as instrument practice, morning scripture reading, or simple things like brushing teeth or getting dressed for the younger ones. The older ones have a row for helping siblings for 30 minutes each day. The exciting thing for them is that they can earn stickers in their sticker book and metal character coins to cash in on the rewards chart!
The rewards chart is not full of things you have to buy for them. There are slots where you can list just about anything, but most of the pre-listed items involve fun activities or special time with you. A few examples are “Stay up 15 minutes past bedtime,” “Go on a bike ride,” “Go to your favorite store,” “Have a family movie night,” – the list goes on.
We want to encourage good behavior in our children instead of constantly simply correcting the poor behavior. We definitely still correct poor behavior through the consequence chart (it’s connected with the disobedience chart), but we like to encourage our children in focusing on good character qualities and building good habits.
Did you know we have a digital version of Character Badges? Buy this one version and print off the charts and use for all of your children!
The sun was shining and putting shadows on our fridge, but this gives you an idea of what our monthly charts look like! Each Character Badge Base Set comes with a dry erase marker that you can leave on the fridge to use.
Here is a basic list of rooms that we clean every morning:
Our chores change every month, but we have certain rooms that always require cleaning.
The living room
The dining room/schoolroom
The hallway (stuff is always piling up there!)
The main bathroom
The entryway with the coat closet
This month I assigned the chores to look like this:
Dishes duty rotate between children each day (we just switched back to daily.)
I’ll freely admit that I don’t have the children cleaning their bedrooms every day, so they often are messy. Our 11 year old loves to have a clean room so her room always looks super clean. I’m in the middle of purging clothes out of our 8 and 4 year old’s room which will really help with the clutter.
If you need ideas on how to actually teach your children how to do their chores, check out the blog post I previously wrote on that!
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This month I have our week of dishes looking like this:
Monday – Our 11 year old daughter
Tuesday – Our 16 year old son (I only gave him one day because his schedule is so busy right now)
Wednesday – Our 10, 8, and 4 year old do dishes together.
Thursday – Our 14 year old son
Friday – Our 11 year old daughter
Saturday – Our 14 year old son
Sunday – Everyone Together
I jump in and help when people get super behind and I’m directing the 10, 8, and 4 year old girls since they are still new to doing dishes. The 4 year old is mainly putting away dishes.
This is a kitchen cleaning checklist I have printed off and laminated. It’s from The Well Ordered Kitchen binder. The children can look at the list and make sure they have the kitchen cleaned properly.
Our Breakfast Routine
I have Israel’s morning chore to be making breakfast everyday. Breakfast is a meal that I have always struggled with making, so I end up buying a lot of cold cereal. Our grocery budget is super tight right now, so I’m trying to make sure we actually make breakfast instead of buying cereal.
Here is how I set him up for success in making breakfast.
I searched online for our favorite breakfast recipes and printed them out.
Some of our favorites:
Scrambled eggs with bacon or sausage put in them
I put those recipes that I printed out in our Well Ordered Kitchen Binder under Breakfast, so he just has to grab the binder and pick whatever recipe he wants to make that day. I give him total control over which recipe he picks, which he really likes.
Sean has a protein drink he makes for himself every morning using the Orgain mix. We love this protein powder, and add milk (or almond milk), frozen berries, almond butter, and he adds hemp hearts, chia seeds, oatmeal, flax seeds, whatever we have in the pantry to make it healthier.
I’m currently doing interval fasting so I don’t eat until noon each day, and then I break my fast with lunch type food.
Did you know that we have a free grocery shopping list for you? I love that it is already pre-filled, but gives you room to write in your own items as well. I keep this on my fridge and write in things to buy as I run out of them.