One thing we struggle the most with is keeping up with healthy routines. Five kids are a lot to bathe any given night, or file through the bathroom for teeth brushing, or keep still long enough to trim nails.
Then you’ve gotta get them to eat veggies, and be nice, and encourage them to grow smarter each day. It’s a lot—for any parent.
So when it comes to healthy routine hacks, we’re all over that. Having a system is everything, especially when you have multiple kiddos. Here are some of the ones that make our lives easiest…
Routine Hacks for Busy Parents
- We have scheduled bathing times based on our family’s needs. We don’t do it every single night, because that would just be chaos, and they don’t need bathed that often anyway (unless one of them has jumped in a mud puddle or something). We also do a tag-team-like rotation, which DEFINITELY makes things easier. For instance, hubby will sit with the little kids while they play in the tub for a bit and I supervise the older ones, then we switch and I scrub them down and extract them, then hubby supervises the older ones while they shower and I get the littles dressed. We (try to) do this twice a week. The tag-teaming makes it work well for us to do them all in one night, but you can also just do one child a night if your situation is different.
- We get the kids involved in meal prep/distribution. Even if it’s as simple as the four-year-old handing out sandwiches, it takes a load off of us, and makes them feel helpful—which means less whining, less acting out, etc. Yeah, it might make more messes in the short run (and they maybe totally disinterested at first)—but teaching kids to help will be an asset to them for years to come. Important note: just because it doesn’t work the first, second, or third time, doesn’t mean you should stop trying altogether. Parenthood is all about persistence and consistency. Kids need to see that your reactions/expectancies aren’t going to change at the drop of a hat. When they do, they’ll be able to be more consistent, too.
- We have core requirements for each day, that are always the same. They’re a little like chores, but more focused around basics of hygiene, cleanliness, and health—building good habits that will last a lifetime. For the younger ones, this is things like brushing teeth at least once a day (which we help them with), getting their hair brushed by us or an older child, etc. For the older ones, it moves to brushing teeth twice a day (by themselves), brushing their own hair, and helping with general cleanup. The oldest ones have a few specific chores also.
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