Having a routine is an important thing for children of all ages.
Making sure they get up the same time each day and go to bed the same time each night ensure they aren’t falling asleep in class.
Giving them a schedule of things to do each day – a daily routine – helps them fit in a busy childhood schedule.
Why Your Child Needs a Routine Chart
Routine charts are especially important during the school year. It’s a way to help your child find time for band or sports practice, homework, and chores. It will help keep them from falling being at home and at school.
Plus, these charts are simple things to create, and they will help teach you responsibility. These are some of the lessons that will stick with them well into adulthood (making sure they get to work on time and more).
Routine charts offer a sort of timetable that will help your child stay organized. It can help them get ready for school, and it can help them after school. Luckily, there are lots of printable templates for routine charts online. Some are more detailed and elaborate than others.
Planning a Routine Chart for Your Kids
This plan can start from the beginning of your child’s day and go right to the end. Start with the time they need to wake up and get ready for school, and end it with bedtime.
To help them stay on routine, you might want to include all the details (like brushing their teeth).
There is a myriad of things that you’ll want to consider including on your child’s daily routine chart. Here’s a more in-depth look at them.
1. Morning and Evening Hygiene
Hygiene is important for children of all ages. You want to make sure your children are brushing their teeth each morning after breakfast and each night before bed. For kids that have reached puberty, deodorant is an important part of hygiene as well.
You may want to schedule bath time for the little ones, to make sure they don’t forget. Baths are especially important when kids have been playing in or with anything messy.
2. Meal and Snack Times
Schedule in when it’s time to eat, from breakfast to dinner. You also don’t want children snacking whenever they want to and spoiling their meals, so scheduling snack times is important too. A specific snack time also allows you to plan out healthy snacks for everyone.
3. Playtime and Entertainment
Kids need time to play, so make sure you give them some time for fun. When it’s nice outside, you should send them out to get some natural vitamin D and a little fresh air. If it’s too cold or raining, let them find something fun to do indoors.
Make sure you limit their screen time, whether they’re watching something or playing something. Limiting this time helps them have more time for other things.
There are many kids out there that will do anything they can to avoid doing their homework. Because of this, you need to schedule time for homework. In fact, you should require homework is done before playtime starts.
You might want to be available while homework time is happening. Your kids will learn more if you help them with the subjects they’re struggling on.
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5. After-School Activities
If your kids have after-school activities, from scouting meetings to football practice, make sure you all remember when they need to be at their meetings. This should be on their routine chart. This should also be on the family calendar, along with events they need to attend (like prom or the homecoming dance).
Homework rates above chores, but if you’re running a tight household, they should come before playtime. You may give your kids a day or two off from chores each week on their busy day if they’re big on after-school activities.
7. Reading and Nap Time
Younger kids, those not yet in school and those only attending half-day school, need naps once or twice a day. You can combine reading time with nap times and bedtime. This is a great time to cuddle with your kids too!
8. Family Time
Schedule in some bonding time. This is probably best saved for weekends. Family time can include many things, from going to the park to playing games together.
How This Checklist Helps Parents
The more kids you have in your care, the more hectic your life is.
This routine chart, for before and after-school, will help you stress less when it comes to keeping your kids on track.
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