8 Tips For Better Term Routine For The Kids

A mother helping kids with homework
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.

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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.

Chart it

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.

ADHD children

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.

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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.

Parent’s prep

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.

By Healthy Lifestyle Blogzine

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11 Responses

  1. dcngo1 says:

    what a great follow-up to the previous blog entry. this one is going on the refrigerator door. well, maybe except for the part about ADHD… but this will definitely be a big help for getting everyone back into the groove again. i love the “homework home” idea!

  2. julesdeak says:

    I am having a lot of problems getting my kids to sleep early. Their energy just won’t settle down. I already cut down their sweet intakes and still the same.

  3. arnilaveia says:

    ADHD children need a different attention and care. At first I had a hard time dealing with taking care of my 10 year old kid. I reached out to other moms with the same situation and it did help a lot.

  4. jamesridge says:

    Giving some light responsibilities to our kids will go a long way. Setting the table is one way to train them. This will prepare them to become a responsible being when they grow up.

  5. jonasb says:

    At an early age, schooling children should make it a habit to prepare their things to school at night. Eating the right meal on breakfast can help them boost energy that they need throughout the day .

  6. jonasb says:

    It’s just a matter of giving your children a habit before going to to bed, at school and going back home to finish their task at school. It’s bee a routine and it should be practice at all time to make kids comfortable in preparing themselves to school.

  7. yushi1905 says:

    Sometimes being too tough with your children will encourage them to be opposite when they are older. I think you must be letting them have their own freedom within the strictness.

  8. tonie green says:

    Oh dear! All the eight tips you mentioned here are very valuable to me as a parent of school kids. I tend to be confused and stressed with how I could help them improve term routine. I so loved your suggestion of establishing a school corner. I don’t realize that I need to do that till I read your article. Now I know it could be really helpful. And the idea of putting two baskets in that corner delighted me a lot! You are so creative and wise. Thank you for sharing your wisdom to us.

  9. Lisa5 says:

    Great post, thank you

  10. Especially if you have a big bunch, like 3-5 kids, having a schedule is a must! Thanks for all these tips! Is it advisable to have one study area for doing homework for all kids? Or wouldn’t it be a riot? 

  11. Those tips are so good and I think kids should be scheduled for the better response to their education and they need help being good part of future.

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