After School Routine, What’s That?

Let me guess, when your children come home from school, you pat them on the head, give them a kiss, and they tell you all about the adventures and stories they learned about that day. Followed by them going without being told and doing all of their homework. Right?

Your probably thinking what planet does this woman live on? Right?

Yes, I know that sort of thing only happens in movies, in reality they come flying in, throw their stuff everywhere or anywhere it lands, and make themselves quite comfortable right in front of the t.v., game system, or computer.

Now am I picturing your after school routine a little closer to what actually happens?

Now, you might say well that’s not really a routine, but yes my friend if it happens almost everyday in that order it is a routine.

So okay, you and your children already have a routine that’s great, but is it working for you or them?

Do they get their homework done?
Or a better question to ask yourself is, do they have room to do their homework?
Do they help with dinner?
Do they do baths or showers before they go to bed?
Are they being productive with their time?

And the last question to ask yourself is… Do you care?

If you don’t care what happens in your child’s future then just stop reading right know other wise let’s keep going.

If you do however, want a bright, confident, productive and well organized child, then a different after school routine might just be what the doctor ordered.

So, you might be asking yourself what does this have to do with organizing at all, so let me tell you.

How a child is brought up and taught has everything to do with how they will live as an adult.

So yes, it’s only their backpack now, but what happens when they go into their home after work as an adult?

Things will start to pile up around them in several mountains of clutter, while they again go make themselves comfortable in front of the t.v., computer, or game system.
Why? Because this is the only routine they know.

Here are some ways to help your child have a great after school routine…

  • Sit down and write a list of things that you want to have done before they get involved with entertainment.

This could be dishes, homework, trash, baths, take care of pets…

(keep in mind and listen to what they need to do as well, such as special school projects or events)

  • Print it out and keep it close to a calendar so that if there are special after school events, both you and they will know.
  • Stick to it. (Yes, you will probably have kicking and screaming to start out with but in the end you will love each other more for it.)

 

Do you have an after school routine with your child?
What works and what do you find doesn’t work?
I would love to hear from you. Just leave a comment below.

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