Welcome Back to School!!
Are you exited your child or children are back in school? Or is it a stressful time for you? Do you find that you don’t quite have it together yet and are wondering when you will? I wanted to give everyone a few reminders that we have talked about in the past that are very relevant to this time of year. Remember that as your children’s schedules change, so does yours. Routines are a vital part of having your household running smooth and stress free. However, many people forget to adjust their routine as a new part of life happens. Whether that’s because of school time, having a baby, a new job, a new place to live, or a combination of all of them, you are always having to look at your routine and decided if it is still effective. You may have to change your routine all together, or maybe you might have to just tweak it a little. Remembering to address this can take a lot of stress out of your life and your children’s lives too.
My oldest son is in Jr. High now and has a hard time adjusting when it comes to time management. With more homework loaded on, practice time with his instrument, and his chores at home, it has been a struggle this last week. He did not realize that his play time has been significantly reduced if he leaves all of this to do after school. By adjusting what he does in the morning, he can then produce more free time for himself later on. This is not something that most children think about all on their own.
Challenge: Take some one on one time to sit down with your child and talk about their daily routine. Let them write down what they do everyday. Help them to see where they can move items around to produce more free time for themselves. Ultimately, this is what every child wants more of, yet has a hard time figuring out how to do it without their grades suffering in the process.
Most of all remember to have fun, at least once a day, with your child. School time doesn’t have to be crazy and out of control. You can do it and have fun in the process!
Posted on September 1, 2009, in Family Responsibilities, Routines, Step Four and tagged 10 Steps, calendar, child, children, families, Family, family time, Organizing, planning, Routines, schedules, school, school time, Teens. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.