Tanya Worthy October 29, 2020 Family Schedule
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.
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.
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.
Many of us might find this usual: Last summer you were looking for a house. You contacted real estate agents, saw a few homes, and finally moved into one. You are all set and life is going as usual. However, if you sit back and look at your daily routine, you will find a lot of disorder in it. Your children do not help you with the dishes, you have to clean the rooms on your own and sometimes the laundry is delayed, and so on. What you need to do is develop a proper family schedule and organize your time according to that. Moreover, you are not doing the household chores on your own; you need the family members to cooperate with you.
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.