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.
Monthly meetings help plan for events that are coming down the road. Family members can plan for rides, babysitters and any out-of-town events that may be coming up. Monthly meetings also help coordinate holidays, birthdays and any other celebrations that take away from the normal school and work activities. Planning and scheduling does not have to be a task or chore for you or your loved ones. It can be a great way to share, bond and talk about all of the things that are going on in your lives. Planning and meeting will keep the balls bouncing in the same direction and no one will get left behind or forgotten.
Once everyone gets their perfect planner there is still one more item needed. A kitchen calendar. It will need to fit on the refrigerator door. This is the best place because it is the one place that everyone will see it, no matter what. Any adjustments to schedules can be listed there for all to see.
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.
If you are a working woman, things are tough for you. However, you must make it clear to your children that you have a job and they will have to respect your professional requirements too. Therefore, you owe a hand in doing all the chores and family members must cooperate. Even if your work hours are flexible, give enough importance to your work schedule as well as your home schedule.
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.