Keep Mornings Peaceful With a Nightly Routine

This post is recycled from last year. I’m doing my part for the environment.

We have recently started back to school. This year, I don’t actually have to get up and get my three children ready and out the door by 7:30, like I did last year. I am anything but a morning person, so for me to wake my not-morning-people kids is a bit of a challenge. I’ve found that sticking to a nightly routine is the best way to make sure things go smoothly with a 6, 4 and 2 year-old in the morning.

So my tip is to get toddlers and young children to stick to a nightly routine. I made a checklist for each task they have before bed. These include:

  • Homework/ Reading
  • Get pajamas on
  • Set out tomorrow’s clothes
  • Decide what you’re having for lunch
  • Brush Teeth

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The most important aspect of this checklist is that it is in pictures.
This way, my pre-schooler can follow along as well as the first grader. They simply love checking these things off, and the best part is that I don’t have to nag about each thing! They can never say “You didn’t tell me to do that!” or “I forgot.” Now, each morning, they have all their clothes out, so I just have to slide them on sleepy bodies.

I use the checklist each week to award allowance. They also have to clean their room on Saturday. If being prepared isn’t a great motivator, money usually does the trick!

So, do you use a nightly routine, and how do you tackle getting ready in the morning?


About Sarah Pinnix

I'm a mom, blogger, vlogger, libertarian. I love Jesus, and my husband, too. Social Media Strategist for a Non-Profit (All statements here are solely my own)


  1. Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates says:

    A nightly routine is a great idea! I need to do that since we are not morning people around here either. 🙂


  2. elaine @ peace for the journey says:

    You go Miss “way to organized” mommy! I give you the prize. As for me, after 19 years of doing lunches and backpacks, I’m just glad if my kids make it school without donning their pj’s! What a wonderful time of the year…



  3. savvychic says:

    Sarah, what a gem. You’ve saved me having to make up my own checklist. I’ve been thinking about doing one for a few weeks! TFS!!! Hugs, Kym


  4. Hi, I think that sound great. I don’t have kids, but I think I’ll do this for my self. By the time it is time to go to bed I usually just pass out. Then in the morning I am unprepared. Thanks again for the sage advice.



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