Kimberly Steinhoff January 19, 2020 Family Schedule
This is an age-old hassle jogging work schedule and family schedule but there are a few things we can do to avoid this rush. It could also reduce stress in us. We know that it is the Parents responsibility to raise the Children and provide for them and in most cases that means we would have to work but working outside the home and raising the Children are a full time job in both cases. So what can we do to manage our schedule between the two? One thing we can do is to prioritizes, do the things that are most important first. It may not be what we want to do but it is important to do those things that are needed.
Do not over schedule. Your child`s school day is busy enough. Set clear guidelines for how many extracurricular activities they can participate in and stick to them. Do not let children organize play dates as you are picking them up from school. This is the quickest way to burn them out. They may seem full of energy coming off of their busy day, but they will melt down quickly if they do not have any downtime at the end of their day.
In your schedule, you should also include some fun element. For instance, mark a day every week on which you head out for a movie, dinner, or an amusement park. This will be very helpful in family bonding. Moreover, this day should be solely for the family and you must not plan a day out with your friends or colleagues on this very day. You must also consider certain variations that suddenly show up. These variations can disturb your schedule. For instance, you had a bad day at work, or you are ill. The movie plan will have to be postponed for next week then.
Have clearly defined nap and/or bed times for each member of the family and stick to them as often as you can. Try to maintain a consistent before bed ritual each night. Tidy room, lay out clothing for next day, bathe or wash up, brush teeth, tell a story, read or listen to music, and lights out. Be flexible when it comes to special events that keep your children up later than usual. You can get back to your regular routine the next day. Wake up with enough time to start your day off right. When times are hectic, things are missed and children and parents become stressed.
Giving the Family members responsibilities can take a big burden off us. We cannot do everything, if we try to do it all we will soon become burned out so give them some work to do. Finally, we need time for ourselves to relax and re-group. We take just for us doing what we want to do even if it is nothing this time. It is the time for our spouse, if we have one to take care of the needs of the Children. If we are not married but we have an older child, he can care for the younger one(s) for a while. This time of refreshment is beneficial because it will relax us and clear our mind so we could, with energy get back to the business at hand.
Play dates should be a special occurrence for younger children, not a regular routine. On days with no activities, ensure your child comes home, has an afterschool snack and enjoys some free time before doing their homework. Kids need some days to relax and do nothing. A Family Organizer or Calendar lets kids help with planning by placing stickers to mark activities, play dates and special activities. This will help them prepare for the week ahead.