Anyone else find themself a tad bit anxious about weeknights and what they hold in terms of developing and maintaining structure. How can we relieve some stress from our plates as parents after a long day of work? After we get home from work and school things can get a little hectic. While rustling around trying to get the kids settled, get their homework completed, make dinner, get my youngest to sleep, and complete my school work after a full day of work I decided I had to come up with an easier, less stressful system for weeknights. I did a simple google search to come up with ideas to help my older two children be a little more independent. While fostering their independence I could also build their sense of responsibility. I created a schedule that was a modified version of several schedules for kids that I saw online. These schedules along with some timers from the dollar store decreased the stress related to making sure that all of our evening tasks were complete. These schedules let them know in order exactly what they needed to do after school from taking off their backpacks all the way until it’s time for bed. The timers are set at the beginning of each activity and they have the ability to choose what they will be doing on their breaks. They are instructed to push up the tab completed then bring me the timer to set for the next activity. This reduced the amount of time spent trying to figure out what they needed to do next as well as decreasing the amount of time giving them instructions. So as a parent I always advise to do whatever you can to make everyone’s life a little easier.
Sections of this schedule:
1. Put away shoes and backpacks
2. What am I working for?
6. Computer based learning
Be creative and do what works best for you and your family because I’ve learned there is always an easier and less stressful way to get things done as a busy mother of 3, I just have to find it and so can you!