This is simply a list of five things they need to do when they get up in the morning. For our family we chose:
- get dressed
- put your pajamas away or in the hamper
- make your bed
- tidy your room
- brush your hair
We originally had “brush your teeth” on the list and had “make your bed” falling under the tidying your room part, but a couple of our children HATED brushing their teeth before breakfast because it made their food taste weird.
Instead of digging in our heels and making them stick to what we had planned, we simply adjusted the plan for everyone. The gunk on their teeth from overnight stays on their teeth maybe another 30 minutes, but we don’t have a battle every morning and their teeth get brushed all the same.
Once the kids have finished their High 5 Work, Tim or I check it. if they’ve completed everything well they get to give either one of us a high five. Our kids love giving high fives, but unfortunately they’re so passionate about it that even our 3 year old hurts my hand.
(In our home we have optional paid jobs that can only be done when a child has completed all of the mandatory chores. This helps as an incentive for getting their work done.)
Mom Confession: Recently I’ve be slacking on the whole go-behind-and-check part of this system and I can tell the difference. The good thing is that since the kids know what is expected it shouldn’t take too many mornings of me checking to get them back into top form.
It’s also a great idea to create your own Morning High 5 list. This is a great way to help the kids feel like the family is working together as a team. Jot down five things you want or need to do every morning. Then when you finish them go get some high fives from your kiddos 🙂
Here’s my High 5 Work:
- get dressed & put PJs away
- start a load of laundry
- write or look over to-do list
- empty dishwasher
- check kids’ High 5 Work