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How To Make A Morning Routine For Kids That Sticks + FREE Routine Cards

What’s the most hectic part of the day for you?

For us, it’s mornings. Well, school day mornings, to be specific.

No matter how early woke up my daughter, who’s in preschool, was still late.

Turns out, our morning routine wasn’t working for us. We needed to make changes — life- changing changes!

So, I’m sharing how you too can create a good morning routine that works and sticks.

Get yourself together.

Wake up earlier and do what you have to do to be prepared for the day. Make yourself some coffee, pray or do some yoga to prepare yourself.

If you didn’t get enough sleep the day before, breathe and smile. It’s another day. You’ll make up for lost sleep tonight (if you’re not tempted to go on a series marathon or clean the whole house)

Consider the needs of your family.

  Do your kids wake up with enough sleep?

  Would you need an alarm clock?  

  How long does it take for your kids to get from sleepy to up on their feet? 

  Around what time do your kids need to go to the potty?

  What time do you need to leave the house? Or when does the school bus arrive?

Get some things ready the night before.

What will your kids wear? Perhaps you can have them choose.

How about preparing their lunch or snacks beforehand?

Are their school items in their bags?

Homework done?

Use routine cards.

I made routine cards for my 3 year old which you can also use. 

Young kids love pictures so rather than telling them what to do, you could print these adorable cards and have them on display!

Just click and you can download the pdf file. Print on card stock or bond paper.

I made some blank so you could add in your own tasks/activities.


Make getting-out-of-bed more pleasant for your little one.

Wake her up with a cuddle.  (I usually do this. ) 

If you need an alarm clock, make the tune relaxing. No jarring noise.

Once she’s awake, make her favorite hot beverage. For my little one, she loves warm almond milk. Then, we have our morning walk.

Test it out and switch things up if needed.

Give your family time to adjust to the morning routine. Probably a week or two.

You’ll know if it’s working when everything (well, mostly everything) becomes smooth-sailing. Like somehow, it flows.

You could always tweak the arrangement of activities. Just use the routine cards.

But if you do, make sure every family member knows. Perhaps you could talk about it over the weekend This will help make the transitions easier.



Morning routine that sticks

So, how’s your morning routine? Is it working?

Does your little one take a bath or have breakfast first? Does your child enjoy it?

Btw, if you use the routine cards, please tag me! I’d love to know if they help.

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  1. Ma Theresa Priela says:

    Aq momshie c hubby nag sasaing sa umaga den sya naglukuto ng ilan Namin tapos pag gising Namin sa umaga ng mga kids kakain kmi den papaliguan ko sila tapos mag paplay na sila . Ganyan lang everyday routine Namin magiina . Tapos c hubby namn nagwowowrk.

  2. Rose Jastene Riña says:

    Ganyan din po ginagawa ko, nakaready na lahat pag gabi para kinabukasan luto nalang ng breakfast gagawin ko, Lucky ako kasi husband ko palang inaasikaso ko yung baby naman namin is 1yr old palang kaya habang tulog din sya ginagawa ko na lahat ng gawaing bahay para pag ok na may time nako magrelax or matulog ulit.

    1. Madz | Mommy N' More says:

      Swerte mo nga sa husband mo. Ako yung husband ko naman nagluluto ng breakfast habang pinapaliguan ko ang aking my little girlie.

  3. Mahirap gumising sa umaga yung byenan ko na ang nagsasaing sinsabay nya na ung baon ng asawa ko, 2-3 am kase gising si baby tapos 4:30 am gising ng asawa ko eh tulog na kami nin ni baby hirap na ako magising nun tapos pag magpaligo ng dlawang chikiting isang 3yrs old at 7 mos old pagtapos ko silang paliguan ang dami nameng kalat kaya hhyaan ko muna lalaruin ko muna si baby para pag nakatulog na sya tska ako maglilinis

    1. Madz | Mommy N' More says:

      Wow! Supermommy ka. Buti na rin ang nandiyan ang biyenan mo. Malikot talaga ang 3 years old . Ganiyan din ginagawa ko dati. Pag natulog saka maglilinis. Ang problema ngayon madalang na matulog sa hapon ang anak ko.

  4. Lucky us kinder pa lang po anak ko. And pang 3:30pm po pasok nya.
    Hirap ako gumising ng maaga matagal po kasi ako matulog.

    1. Madz | Mommy N' More says:

      Ako rin nursery at 10 am ang pasok. Pero dati talaga kahit 10 na ang pasok niya nalalate pa rin kami. Kasi dati nauuna kumain eh ang tagal na maligo kaya nagagahol sa oras.

  5. Laarni Oña says:

    Super relate. Always been a struggle for me ang magprepare ng twins ko for school. They are currently kindergarten students. Whew!!! Yung meron lang ako 2-5mins to prepare myself sa paghatid sa kanila.hehe Thank you for sharing this Mommy Madz. I hope to root for you from now. ❤❤❤ Lots of love from the #momoftwins (arni)

    1. Madz | Mommy N' More says:

      Wow twins! Bow ako sa yo Laarni. Grabe, di ko maimagine. Anong oras ka gumigising? Paano ang sistema mo?

      Thank you sa pagbasa at pag comment. Thank you sa support and hope you continue visiting my blog <3

  6. Yes po ito na naman ang school days two pa naman students ko hassle lagi. minsan nAle late sila sa school.

    1. Madz | Mommy N' More says:

      Oo nga school days na naman. Anong grade na ba mga students mo? Paano mo ginawa ang mga kelangang gawin?

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