Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Make a Schedule this Summer For Easier Days

    It's almost summer time and if school isn't already out for your kids, it will be soon. My kids will be have their last day of school next week. That means that my days with having only one child home with me will soon become days with three kids. I always worry when school is about to let out for the summer because I don't always know what I should do with my kids. This year, I came up with a schedule.

     It's may seem vague right now, but I can always tweak it once we get a feel to how we want the day to go. I sat down with my kids and we came up with this schedule together so they feel like they were involved in the decision process with hopes that they will be more likely to follow along.

    I have noticed that with my children, they thrive when they have some sort of routine in their lives. They like to know what is going to happen and when. This is the first year that we will implement a schedule and I hope to see good results.

   In my schedule, I varied the hours for meal times. I know that the world isn't always perfect and sometimes it will take me longer to cook a meal than was planned or sometimes different plans arise.
    I also have nap/quiet time listed. My almost 3 year old still takes naps, however, on days when his brother and sister are home, those naps don't occur. By putting this on the schedule, my kids know that during this time, there is no loud talking or stomping around. They can be in their beds and read a book or play quietly, but they must stay in their beds until their baby brother is asleep.
     Free time could be the kids playing inside or out in the yard. We could also be spontaneous and go to a park. It also could be some television time. I'm not perfect and on those rough days, it's sometimes easier to let the kids watch television while I relax.
    
    Again, once we get the feel of this summer and what times work better, the schedule can be changed to fit the flow of our lives. I hope that this will work so we have a smooth and stress-free summer.

  Have  you made schedules for your kids? Do they seem to work and also help the days go by?

    I have posted a link to a blank schedule if you would like to use the format that I did. It's my first time posting my own excel sheet, so I hope that it works for you!

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1fgl3M-UKbgKIbAWWAkTlrJddH-YeuZtD9rzB1IS387M/edit?usp=sharing

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