The Routine – A Double-Edged Sword

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We’re on day 11 or 12 of The Routine.  For those of you who are unitiated, here’s the scoop:  I created a FIRST, THEN, FINALLY routine to help the kids get everything they needed to accomplish done in a timely manner in the morning.  This way, they wouldn’t be watching cartoons while I pleaded with them to get dressed or pack their snacks. 

On the one hand, it works great!  We’ve been ready with time to spare since the morning it debuted.  I’ve not had to pick jammies or last night’s clothes off the floor of the kids’ rooms, and they’re sort of (read: barely) getting the hang of making their beds each day. 

On the other hand, Jake’s already using it against us.  The first noise I hear in the morning is the sound of Jake slamming his bureau drawers, frantically trying to beat everyone else in the house to the TV.  In his mind, if he can get to the FINALLY portion the quickest, then he gets control of the living room.  This was a bit of an issue beforehand, but it’s getting out of control.  On the plus side, he’s learned to make his own toast and peanut butter.  On the negative, he’s setting the toaster to pastry, so the bread is hardly warmed.  This is either an attempt to keep from burning himself, or he’s realized that it’s quicker this way.  So, in the end, he eats warm bread with PB for breakfast each day. 

I’m leaning towards instituting a “Jake gets the odd days, Liv/Gabe get the evens” kind of thing.  Thank God Liv and Gabe usually like the same things. 

What do you think?  Let it work itself out, or get involved?

Here's the routine, as seen on the kitchen table, on top of an assortment of backpacks and lunch boxes.

 

 

 

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