8 Tips For Better Term Routine For The Kids
Schoolchildren live on routine. As they grow, they need a good set of boundaries to reckon with. They need their parents and guardians for these boundaries.
Yet it takes all of a short term break or holiday to throw all sense of routine out the window. For children, easing back into schooldays from this respite can be tricky. The prospect of enormous homework and early sleeping time can be daunting.
As a parent or guardian, you have an obligation to reinstate, if not build from scratch, daily routine after this period. But it is also of paramount importance to do it gently and realistically.
These following tips would help your child, and you for that matter, get back into the daily drill of life:
Early to bed, early to rise
An adult’s body clock is different from that of a child, the latter being so sensitive. One night of staying up late may spell disturbance in your child’s sleep for a week. Sweet-talk your children into valuing early bedtime and slowly ease them into a healthful sleeping schedule.
Set the breakfast table at night
Lay out breakfast staples the night before, except for the perishables of course. Get your older kids to take turns setting the table. Soon this would be their morning habit. Stash breakfast items away in a single cupboard for easy retrieval.
Organize school clothes and book bags the night before
Have your older kids lay out their school uniform or clothes and prepare their bags the night before to save time in the morning. Do these on behalf of your smaller kids.
Before hitting the sack, remind yourself to pre-pack lunches after dinner. You can make the most of dinner leftovers that will not spoil the following day.
Establish a “school corner”
Reserve a “school corner,” a special area for anything your kid may need for school. In this corner, place two baskets or boxes, the first for putting shoes in after removing them, the second for putting library books and other school things. Similarly, place a stand here for their blazers, coats and scarves. The “school corner,” in sum, has it all prepped for you in the morning.
Organize a chart of your children’s daily requirements and tack it onto a conspicuous wall in your house. Your child can just refer to it lest he or she forgets anything for school. In time, children would learn everything by heart and have less need of the chart.
For the same reason, install a bulletin board where you can tack on school invitations, reminders, and anything else you want to be posted on.
House your homework
Set a venue and time for your kids to sift through their schoolwork: a “homework home” as it were. Here encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other reference books should be within reach. Likewise, fill the study table’s drawer with paper and other school supplies. By making things within proximity for your kid, he or she will not have to keep their tasks hanging by fetching them. Remind your child to return these stuffs to their proper places after using to prevent loss.
Schoolchildren with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) particularly have it harder after a school break. To help ADHD children pick up where they left, you may need to condition their minds for the looming schoolwork. Your ADHD kid may fare well with a tutor.
Attend consultations with teachers regularly to be updated on areas where your kid may be struggling. Do not segregate your ADHD child too much from other kids. They need to feel like they belong.
Planning and preparation is not relegated to the kids. As a parent, you have a lot to prepare for too. If the fuel gauge on your car is running low, better fill up after picking up your child from school. This would save you a time-consuming trip to the gas station the morning after. Also, set your alarm clock ten minutes earlier than your ordinary wakeup time. You will be astonished to find how much you need those extra ten minutes in the morning rush. Drop your kids at school five minutes earlier too. Punctuality ditches unnecessary stress for you and your little student.
Inculcating good routines in your children would provide them a sense of independence, which leads to confidence in their school performance. Healthful routines reduce chaos in their waking days. You can expect these auspicious routines to follow them into their adult lives.