Stace at random

Random ramblings of a California girl living in a Kansas world

Leave a comment

Kid Approved Checklists {For Morning and After School}

coffee signYep, pretty much sums up mornings at my house. Ha! You can purchase this fabulous sign here

I really dislike weekday mornings lately. It seems like, more days that not, my entire family leaves the house feeling frustrated. Mostly due to being unorganized, but also because my kids just enjoy driving each other nuts. 😉 So, I have been eagerly trying to find ways to alleviate some of the stress in our morning routines.

Checklists are nothing new to us, but we haven’t used them at all this year. I received some great advice recently, which was to have each child help create their own lists. Chances are, if they help create it, they will have more buy-in and will be more likely to use it. (Yay!)

So, each of the kids and I sat down and created a personalized checklist for their morning routine and one for after school. I gave them basic tasks that I wanted to include, then let them add more tasks and put them in whatever order they wanted. They chose the font style and font colors and got to choose the corresponding photos (children are visual learners, so it’s helpful to have a photo for each task). Continue reading


Leave a comment

Pancake “Art”

pancake art (7)

I don’t know about you, but our family loves “breakfast for dinner” night. 🙂

Last weekend, while Mike was away with his friends, the kids and I decided to have pancakes. I thought it might be fun to let them design their own, in what we’re calling “pancake art”.

pancake art (9) Continue reading