Every morning we go through the same routine. Grasshopper, eat your breakfast. Grasshopper get dressed. Time to get dressed. Grasshopper get dressed, Grasshopper I said get dressed! I feel like I could record myself with these directions and just hit play every morning and let it continue to play for 45 minutes. There are so many other things he would rather be doing than going through the morning routine. Things like play legos or watch cartoons with Ladybug.
Following step by step directions has always been difficult for him. He rarely remembers what he is supposed to do beyond the first step. Of course this is just one of the things that come with having ADHD, so while it’s frustrating I can’t really get mad at him. Focusing and paying attention to details are just plain hard for him. However, ADHD is not an excuse to throw personal responsibility aside.
Goals of Having a Routine
Developing good habits is something I really want to focus on with Grasshopper this year. I also really want him to take on more personal responsibility. He is eight after all, it’s time for mom and dad to stop holding his hand through everything. I would love to see him get through the common morning routine without having constant reminders from me. I mean, lets face it I have my plate full just trying to get Ladybug and myself ready to head out the door! Unlike Ladybug, his body is perfectly capable of getting himself ready for the day.
I made this morning routine chart to help him get through his morning routine without prompts from me. It’s a really simple chart to use. Simply print and laminate. Each day your child can use a dry erase maker to check off each item as they complete it. Then simply wipe clean for the next day! There are both picture and text prompts for each task, so even children who aren’t reading yet can use this.
Not only with this help Grasshopper get ready on his own each day, but it will also help him develop the habit of making his bed! This is a skill he hasn’t mastered yet. He does do it, but not very neatly. If you have younger children still working on mastering this skill, you may need to help them with this task. But, even if you’re helping them, they are making it part of their routine!
With a little luck, this chart will help our kids stay on task until they are ready for the day!
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