How to create After School Routines for your Child
1. Know what your child needs
We’ve noticed that each of our children need different things after school. Caleb our youngest, really needs some alone time after school. Part of our after school routine includes the children changing out of their uniforms after school Caleb usually spends a good 30–40 minutes in his room “getting dressed” we’ve realized that he really needs this quiet, alone time. He usually comes down much more cheerful and ready for his snack. Claire on the other hand runs in the house, grabs her snack and is ready to do homework right away. Our after school Routines are specific for each child.
2. Be Flexible
Don’t expect your routine to work every day or for each of your children. It is ok for each child to have a different routine! Did your daughter have a bad day at school? Does your son just need some time with mom? These routines aren’t meant to make you a drill sergeant in your own home. Give your child, and yourself grace to skip the routine if you need to.
3. Be Consistent
Once you find what routine works for each of your children be consistent. We have their after school routines list hanging on the fridge and also in their bedroom as a reminder. Before we do anything extra after school their routines need to be done. Besides the special circumstances I listed in #2 I try to stick to the plan. Again, this creates good habits that our children will have for years to come.
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** I’ll be sharing our After School Routine Soon**