It’s back-to-school season, and when the family is used to spending the summer at home, getting back into the Fall schedule can be rough. Make the most of your after-school family time by offering kids and family members a routine that includes plenty of time to enjoy each other’s company… it will be like summer never ended!
After School Routine:
Unpack Backpack. Right up there with hanging up coats and putting away shoes, ask kids to empty their backpacks first thing when arriving home after the school day ends. Not only does this ensure that no uneaten lunch leftovers get left in a lunchbag overnight, but it ensures that any important papers are brought to you right away, and kids can get their homework organized.
Snack Time. A Parent-Approved snack will give kids a great jumpstart on any homework or studying. Use the opportunity to sit down as a family and share a quick summary of your days. Ask for one new, fun thing they learned that day and encourage them to think of more.. these can be shared over dinner!
Homework Time/Down Time. Use that unpacking of the backpack to gauge how much homework your children have for the night. A tough test coming up? It’s time to knuckle down and study. Great weather and a lighter load? Get outside for some much-needed playtime. On an easy day, let kids choose if they want to do their homework before or after they have some time to play. This enforces the importance of getting their work done, but not without allowing for plenty of fun!
Dinner. Eating together as a family can bring back those fond memories of relaxing over the summer. Making dinner together a regular occurrence helps families to stay close and up to speed on each other’s busy lives. Put phones away and learn something new from each member of your family.
Repack. Make mornings less hectic by packing lunches, organizing books and papers, and having backpacks ready to go the night before. Helping to pack their own lunch can encourage kids not only to be independent, but to get excited about the following day. All this planning will help encourage great habits that will carry your kids through many school years to come!
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