In my house we get up, have breakfast, then get straight into a morning activity. Then we have lunch before diving head-first into an afternoon activity. As dinner time rolls around, I usually give the kids a bit of screen time so I can get the food ready without them nagging. Then after dinner, we have a bit of free play before leading into books, bath and bedtime, which is the same time every night.
I know this might all sound obvious, but if your kids wake up and immediately ask to watch the latest episode of their favourite show, it can be so tough to talk them out of it. If they know they can get their TV but not until later, that makes a big difference. It’s about dangling that carrot: “Get through the day, then you can get your screen time.”
And forget about routines on the weekend – weekends are for chaos!