Wendy Hodge January 17, 2020 Family Schedule
More and more I am realizing that most of your issues can be resolved by simply scheduling your day. What do I mean? Make the schedule, the calendar, the timer, something concrete, outside of you, the authority. Also, a schedule preps your child for the day and upcoming events. You will find your children much more cooperative if they have been clued in to the plan, and more importantly, included in the planning.
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.
We can get the next day clothes ready the night before. This will give us a chance to check to see if it is right. If something needs to be done to it, we will have time to do it. Last minute details can ruin our day. We can rise up an hour earlier to meet our family need before heading off to work. We can do things like ironing their clothes or washing a load of clothes. We can take meat out of the freezer and place it in the refrigerator to thaw out if we know what we want to cook for dinner. We can do some house cleaning and prepare a chore list for the Children. A lot can be done in an hour. If we do some of those things, we will be more productive at work because we will not be thinking about the things that we need to do at home.
Before you start the planning and scheduling process, you must make sure that all attendees, meaning the family members, have the required materials needed to stay on task. Everyone involved will need a planner or scheduler that can fit into a purse, book bag or briefcase. A planner is going to be a crucial part of keeping your family on task. Who does not like to be organized?
Sometimes Children get out of school before we get off work. We should make sure someone is there to get them after school and stay with them until we return home. If we have no one to do that then a day care for him or her is recommended. It is less stressful knowing our Children are not home along without adult supervision. If we are married, quality time is necessary. Intimacy is very important so time should be spent with our spouse without our job on our mind. It is OK to talk about how our day went but not the entire time. This is the time to relax and enjoy each other.
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.