Today I am sharing our family night time routine! It can be so challenging to create a schedule for the evenings when you have 3 little ones and a hubby to take care of. 🙂 I hope you find this routine useful, and I would LOVE for you to leave a comment below sharing your own nighttime routines!
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Our Family Night Time Routine
Take a look at our family night time routine to find systems that might help your family have a less stressful
7:00 AM – 7:05 AM
Our family night time routine would fall to pieces, literal children or mom on the floor in tears, if I didn’t first take five minutes in the morning to look at my meal plan and find out what needs to be done quickly to prep for dinner.
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3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
I actually consider our night time routine to start when we get home from school pick up for the big kids. This block consists of cleaning up the after-school dump station, kids quick snack, and about 30 minutes of outside playtime before it gets dark.
My personal goal is to go outside with the kids and have some intentional playtime WITH them. I’m such a “get it done” type person that this is hard for me to drop the to-do list and go play. It’s a little embarrassing and sad to admit this, but it’s 100% true. A real life goal I’m currently working on.
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
This is the block where I usually finish up cooking dinner in the kitchen with the big kids at the kitchen table working on their homework. With our youngest being only four years old currently I usually try to keep him distracted from bugging the older kids. I do this by bringing out coloring or painting supplies for him.
Then once they finish homework they are free to play in their bedrooms or come help me with dinner.
5:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Family dinner time. It is a high priority for us to sit at the table to eat dinner together. It doesn’t always happen with hubby’s work schedule, but we do our best. With our kids still being young I’m sure this is easier now then it will be once they start getting older.
We also don’t have any kids extracurriculars during the winter, so that also makes this priority easier to manage.
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
It’s go time! Probably the most chaotic time of night. We send the kids one at a time to take showers. While they are waiting their turn they get their reading time in.
While that is going on there are a few tasks that hubby and I conquer together if we are both home. The tasks are a quick clean up around the house, wash the dishes by hand, clean up dinner table, help with kid’s reading, take out the trash, and help youngest with his shower.
At least once a week one of us will be at church helping with the youth or at other meetings. If that’s the case whichever parent is home will step up and take care of all the chores.
If it’s my turn to do the dishes, I’ll have one kid at a time come read to me in the kitchen while I do the dishes so I can help them work on their reading comprehension.
7:00 PM – 7:15 PM
Kids bedtime!! “And the crowd goes wild!!!” Does it feel like a major accomplishment once you finally get the kids in bed successfully? I”m talking PH-D type accomplishment!
Our kids bedtime routine is pretty standard, we meet together in the family room for a short scripture study and family prayer.
Then it’s off to their individual beds where hubby and I help them with their separate personal prayers and a little song before we tuck them in.
7:15 PM – 8:30 PM
This is the sacred time that hubby and I have created that is dedicated to just the two of us! We try our best to remember to do our couple’s scripture study, that usually doesn’t take longer than 15 minutes.
Then we recently made a new rule that we don’t watch TV at night during weeknights. We found that when we went straight to the TV we would zone out until we quickly fell asleep. Leaving no time for us to connect.
So we usually end up just hanging out chatting over laundry folding or as we fall asleep talking in bed.
We both wake up SUPER early. Hubby get’s up at 4:10 AM and I get up at 4:45 AM so by the time 8:30 PM hits, we are both fighting to stay awake.
What’s Your Family Night Time Routine?
I would love to hear what parts of your family night time routine are your favorite! Let’s chat in the comments!
Talk to you soon! Xoxo
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