If you have kids, creating a schedule for them to follow can be a real asset. It not only ensures that there is enough time to get everything done, but it also provides a sense of security for the children. According to the University of Alabama Parenting Assistance Line, kids thrive on routines. When creating a daily schedule, consult your child and get his input. Children who feel a part of the decision making process are more likely to follow the schedule willingly.
Consider your child's character before creating the schedule. For example, some children hate mornings. These children will excel if more of their activities are scheduled later in the day, especially on weekends when school is out. The opposite is true of kids who rise early in the morning. Planning tasks when your child isn't fully alert will only lead to frustration.
Mount a dry erase board on your refrigerator to record the schedule you create for each day of the week. The refrigerator is an ideal spot because your child will pass by the board several times per day, which will serve as a reminder of what needs to get accomplished.
Write the items on the dry erase board that do not change from day to day first. That means school must be markered in from Monday through Friday and maybe church on Sunday mornings.
Add mealtimes to the dry erase board around the items that cannot be changed, advises PBS Kids. So if your child has to leave for school at 8 a.m., you'll want to schedule breakfast for 7:30 a.m. If you have church until 12 p.m. on Sundays, then lunch should be set for 12:30 p.m.
Discuss with your child which activities she would like to participate in. Let her know if you have a limit. Too many activities can cause stress, so if she wants to do more than can fit on the schedule, allow her to select the clubs/activities that she likes the most. Add these to the schedule next.
Give your child a list of chores to pick from. Every family member should have a few chores they are responsible for. Add the chores to the schedule based on your child's personality as discussed above. Morning kids may want to take the trash out after breakfast, while evening kids prefer to do it after dinner.
Review the schedule weekly and make any necessary adjustments. The schedule is not set in stone. If your child has a dental visit one week or you plan to take a family trip to a nearby zoo, change the schedule.
Things You Will Need
- Dry erase board
- Dry erase markers
Listen to your child and be open to compromise. For example, if he wants to stay up late, schedule a later bed time on Friday and Saturday nights when there is no school the next day.
Schedule some time for rest and free play. Kids need some time to unwind and just be kids.