Anne Sanborn December 18, 2021 Family 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.
Keeping everything organized in your home environment will be of great help to you. You can now manage the tasks well, and the whole discipline of your house will be maintained. Work, school and extracurricular activities can keep a family bouncing around and never being able to really keep track of who`s bouncing where. There is one way that is sure to work in keeping your family in control, on schedule and never dropping the ball.
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.
On the kitchen counter or on the fridge, set up a family calendar. Make sure this is visible to all the family members during most of the times of their day. On this calendar, mark all the upcoming happenings of the following week. This way, you will be able to keep everyone updated about different events. You can also set up a few guidelines. This will make the whole atmosphere disciplined. You should let family members know about a few rules that operate in the house. For instance, the number of times each member can go out with friends in a week, the maximum time till which they can stay out, breakfast to be done with family, etc.
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.
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.