A while back I started writing "Good Morning" messages to my kids on the white board they keep in their room. I had been writing them notes on paper, but they just contributed to the mess that is their room (and I hate using up a resource if I don't have to). So the white board was the solution. Very quickly, Lily started requesting that I write and so it became a nightly routine.
I can't tell you how useful these have been. With these notes I can get them thinking about what they might like to have in their lunches for school (an issue that was greatly stalling our morning routine):
I can tell them what to expect from the day, which cuts down on some of the anxiety they often feel when they don't know what comes next:
I can threaten them not to wake us up too early on the weekend:
OR I can address a wildly funny thing that happened without giggling, since, to my kid, it's not so wildly funny:
I've even started collecting these in a flickr set which serves as a mini journal for our lives. Helpful, considering I don't seem to have the time or energy to write this one anymore.
Curious as to if other parents have a similar habit?