I cannot even tell you how much this chart has helped restore some sanity in my life. The biggest help honestly, is the "Breakfast, Lunch and Snack" section. Breakfast and lunch used to be such a struggle and took so much time(!) until I made this chart.
I made a "day for everybody." Oldest could eat peanut butter toast every day and Middlest loves oatmeal, so "if you don't like what we're having today, just wait until tomorrow." Done and done.
This also takes me out of the equation. Instead of getting asked
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We eat the same things every week for breakfast and lunch and we have a 2 week dinner rotation. Eating the same meals every week or two might sound boring, but the truth is, in general, we end up eating the same meals whether it's written down or not. This chart just takes the guesswork out of it. You can also see that on the weekends I have "Daddy cooks!" Trust me, people--I don't take that for granted!
Our dinner schedule is a little more flexible because Mr. N cooks. So anytime I want him to make dinner, he'll whip up something from whatever's in our cupboards. He's crazy like that. Again, I do not take it for granted.
Morning/Evening Routine Chart
We don't really use the "Evening" part so much as the "Morning"; something I'd like to change. As you can imagine, our mornings can be a little hectic. If things start gettin' all willy-nilly up in here, I'll just ask
"Yes, Mama" Chart
This is a simple chart. Anytime my girls (and soon my boy) say "OK" or "Yes, Mama" when I ask them to do something, they get a check mark. When the row is full, they get a reward. Sometimes I'll give them a penny for each check mark, then we go to our library where they have five cent candy. Other times I'll let them pick something out at the Dollar Store.
You wouldn't need a chart to do this. You could use a jar and marbles and when the jar's full, do something fun. Or you could use a chart with stickers. Ours is laminated and we use dry-erase markers.
One thing I've noticed is that one of my girls is more motivated by this chart than the other, so it doesn't work for all children. But in general, I find it helpful in building the habit of obedience.
Our Daily Schedule
This chart doesn't get as much use as the other ones, but if our day gets REALLY crazy, we have this to come back to. I mostly use this for our Anchor's throughout the day. You know, the activities that we do every day at the same time; meals, naps, etc. (sorry about the bad photography)
If you don't have any system or chart in place and would like to start one, I'd recommend doing one at a time. I didn't implement all of these at once. We started with the Daily Schedule and after that was working for us, I made our Morning/Evening Routines. Etcetera, etcetera!
If you do have a chart or system that saves your sanity, please share it in the comments! I'm always looking for ways to streamline!