Today was the perfect day to prove to me how important the routines in my control journal are. I am one of those people who can usually get by without an alarm clock. I set one anyway, but almost every day I am awake before it goes off. My teenaged son had to wake me up this morning! He was up on time, and when he got out of the shower he noticed I wasn’t up yet! Yikes!
Thank goodness for the fact that I had most of the boys’ lunches packed except for the sandwiches, the coffee made, the kitchen clean, backpacks and musical instruments by the door, clothes laid out….even though I was running almost 30 minutes behind, everything still went smoothly.
By showing everyone my routines, I don’t want anyone to think that this is how things actually run at my house! The routines in my control journal are just how my day would run if everything was perfect! Every single day things happen that throw me off schedule. I try really hard to stick to them as closely as possible, but I don’t think I have ever had a single day that went totally according to plan.
I showed you my daily plan on Day Two, and my weekly plan on Day Three. I have applied the same plan to my lucky sons!
I have told you how I used the Flylady system. She even has a downloadable control journal for kids! I tried it with my boys, and I don’t think it lasted an entire day. I have tried binders, clipboards, checklists on the fridge…I finally gave it up. I keep a copy of their routines in my control binder, and I check it off for them. Routines are a great way for kids to learn to be organized and responsible! Not to mention the fact that it helps them get their mom up on time when they are on schedule and she isn’t! Here is a copy of their control journal if you would like to try it for yourself!