How to Create a Children's Home Schedule

By Sara Ipatenco
Mother helping child with homework at table
Mother helping child with homework at table

A daily routine organizes your life and helps prevent chaos from reigning in your household. To accomplish this goal, it's necessary to create a home schedule for your entire family that outlines and maintains a consistent routine. A chart is one of the easiest ways to create a family schedule, and needs to include activities the entire family participates in as well as the activities each person participates in.

How To Make the Schedule

A chart can be the easiest way to keep track of everyone's schedule. Create a column or row for each member of the family and add all the activities everyone does together. Then fill in the activities that pertain to each member of the family. Color-code the calendar so everyone can easily see what's on his agenda for the day, Scholastic's Parents website recommends. You might also make smaller reproductions of your larger calendar for older children so they can keep their commitments and expectations straight even when they aren't at home.

What To Include on the Family Schedule

The first step in creating a home schedule is to write in all the activities your family does together. For example, you'll include the meals your family eats together and times you sit down at the table to eat. You should also include activities that happen on a daily or weekly basis -- such as attending church services as a family or visiting relatives for dinner. Family game or movie nights, if they happen regularly, should also be included on the schedule.

What to Include on Individual Schedules

Once your family schedule is complete, you can add in the activities that pertain to each individual child. Include morning activities, such as getting dressed, brushing teeth and packing a lunch, and the times your child needs to start and finish doing these. Evening activities, such as doing homework and picking up toys, should also be included. If your child plays sports, takes piano lessons or does other extracurricular activities, write these on his schedule, too. Also leave space for activities that aren't regular, such as a band concert, recommends the PBS Kids website, and be flexible about moving regularly scheduled activities to accommodate these special events.

Make the Schedule Work For Your Family

Hang your home schedule where everyone can see it. Meet once a week to go over everyone's commitments for the week and to fill in the schedule for the upcoming week, Scholastic advises. Include bedtime and wake-up times on each child's schedule, because adequate sleep will give them the energy and stamina necessary to engage in all the other activities on their schedule. If your children tend to argue about screen time, include specific times when they're allowed to watch TV or play video games.

About the Author

Sara Ipatenco has taught writing, health and nutrition. She started writing in 2007 and has been published in Teaching Tolerance magazine. Ipatenco holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in education, both from the University of Denver.