Creating an after school routine for your kids is not about mapping out every minute and being stressed out or stressing them out. It’s about making their transition from school to home and then back to school again productive, comfortable, and stress free.
The new school year is here. That means that it’s time for you to think about how you can create a helpful after school routine for your kids. This is because things can get haywire really fast as soon as your kids get home from school.
Your kids may want to tell you about their day, get some food, get their homework done, or they just want to play and relax with you. But you may not have the time as you have things to do, too, including dinner, baths, and bedtime.
This is why an after school routine is vital for you and your kids. You’ll get the essential things done in that small window of time from school to evening without much trouble. An after school routine will also make that time less stressful.
Here are some of the most important aspects of an after school routine:
This is the time to let your kids relax. It doesn’t have to be that long. All they need is a time to transition from their busy day of learning and being challenged at school to being at home and feeling safe, secure, and loved.
For most kids, this is the time for them to put away their coats, take off their shoes, eat an after school snack while talking about how their day went.
It could also be 20 minutes of playing with your child outside or doing something else that involves moving.
The goal during this time is to bring them back into the home environment and to let them unwind from the day in whatever works best for them.
Backpack Unloading and Paperwork
Once you’re certain that your child has gotten into the “home mode”, it’s time to let them go through their backpacks. Help them check if there are assignments that need to be done or if there is any paperwork that you need to sign.
You should also let them empty their lunch boxes and teach them to wash anything that needs to be washed during this time. This will also prepare the lunch box for the next morning.
Homework and Reading Time
This should take up the majority of your kids after school routine. While your kids are reading and doing their homework, you’ll also have plenty of time to prepare for dinner and tend to your other tasks.
Just make sure that you make it as study conducive as possible for your kids. Place any study aids you think they’ll need close to them when they’re doing their homework.
Prepping For The Next Day
Once homework and reading time is done, you can end the routine by helping them prepare everything for the next day.
This is the time to make sure that they’re all done with homework and everything is set for tomorrow.
You can help them lay out their clothes so no one is running around looking for a lost shoe or belt making them late for school. This will also ensure that they are not set up for a stressful start to their day.