Wendy Hodge January 11, 2022 Family Schedule
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.
At a family meeting, establish the plan together. They are much more likely to stick to it. Then when your child objects to the plan, remind them that you built it together and you would be happy to re-evaluate the plan at your next family meeting. Post the plan on the refrigerator so that everyone can see it and be reminded of what happens next. Use small drawings or symbols next to each items to allow non-readers to participate.
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.
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.
Since you will be homeschooling your child, careful thought needs to be given not only to your home school schedule, but your family schedule will need to be integrated into the mix as well. Also make sure that your lesson plan coincides well with your educational calendar. After taking a high level look at your home school calendar integrated with your family calendar, you may decide that the traditional school year calendar of end of summer through early spring may not be the most advantageous.