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“Habits are safer than rules; you don’t have to watch them. And you don’t have to keep them, either. They keep you,” said Frank Crane.
Habits create a rhythm in our days, whether good or bad.
February’s habit: how did you do?
Establishing a lunch routine was my new habit for February.
With the many variables each day with little ones holds, strict schedules haven’t worked for me. But, as Amy writes in Tell Your Time (enter to win one of 3 copies!), you must order your day to make time for the things that are important.
Intentional routines ensure that the important things are worked into the fabric of your day.
For months I wanted to start reading chapter books consistently to the kids. It kept on not happening.
Now that reading a chapter to the children is worked into my lunch routine, it’s happened. (We’re finishing up In Grandma’s Attic–and the kids are loving it!)
Here’s a peak at the lunch routine that has worked for us:
- Tidy home
- Fold laundry (if there’s any dry!)
- Eat lunch (good part of a lunch routine, don’t you think?)
- Clean up kitchen, while kids finish eating
- Do any necessary dinner prep
- Lay kids down for nap
- Read a chapter from a children’s book while kids lay in bed and listen
We’re reading together, but the lunch routine has helped my day in other ways too. Spending a few minutes tidying up and planning ahead has made such a big difference. My afternoons are more productive since I’m not dealing with morning clutter and dinner doesn’t sneak up on me quite as easily.
What about you? Have you been working on a new habit? If so, how have you done? Link up or join in the comments!
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