We all know routines are important. How important? Well, we have routines at work, in classrooms, at the doctor's office, and at the grocery store. Even athletes have routines. If they are important enough for all these instances, then why don't we use them more at home?
Your kids come home from school and other than getting their homework done, is there anything else you expect of them? Do they just watch TV, go outside and play, or talk or text on the phone with a friend?
Leaving activities to a whim can open the door to conflict, fighting, and trouble-making (and whining and complaining about boredom,too). It doesn't always, but do you want to take that chance?
Children like knowing what to expect. Actually, I like knowing what to expect! It's calming and gives a sense of control.
It's easy to incorporate a routine. Just think about how you want your day to go and write it down. Do the kids have three hours between getting home and supper time? Fill it up with constructive activities: snacks, homework, outside time, TV, and setting the table. Write it down on a chart you can pick up from the dollar store. Now, everyone knows what to expect and everyone has their sh@*t done!
1. Involve the kids in creating the routines.
2. Make is visual: Pics, lists, and charts.
3. Make it work for everyone!
Check back next week: Next on the schedule: Sensory!