How to Make a Daily Schedule for Kids That Works
Posted: Jun 11, 2021
With summer upon us, many women are home working or caring for their kids and are juggling multiple responsibilities.
It’s a lot for anyone. Therefore, today I’ve got several ideas to balance your time and make summer the best it can be with your children. May these make summer a magical time with your littles, but also a productive time too!
1. Make a Daily Schedule for Mom
Before we get to the schedule for kids, make sure you know when you need to be present for work and present for the kids. I like to use a block schedule that allows me to focus my energy on one thing at a time. I know that from certain times, I’m focused on work. And, at other times, I’m there for the kids.
But no matter what, I have it blocked out so that I don’t feel overwhelmed with multitasking.
2. Follow a Routine Chart for Kids
Next, this free daily routine chart for kids works wonders in our home. It has spots for brushing teeth, a daily chore, eating and cleaning breakfast, and everything else in-between. I created this chart to help make my kids independent, and they can now do most of the tasks on the list without my constant nagging. It has been a complete lifesaver!
3. Make a Weekly Schedule
Need more things to do as a family? Are the kids getting bored? Or would you just like more intentional time with them?
Create a weekly schedule that has one simple activity per day to do together. Here’s a great example of this kind of schedule:
Wednesday: Play in some type of water
Thursday: Playdate with friends
Friday: Grandma and grandpas house or babysitter
Other ideas include going to events, reading time at the library, and camps for kids.
These are all super easy activities, but they bring a bit of variety to the summer months when kids are home a lot. Plus, everyone knows what to expect (or look forward to) and it still gives mom a bit of time on her own and structure to the week.
4. Give Kids Time to Be Free
Finally, one thing I’ve learned with three kids is that it’s ok to be more hands off. Often, in today’s society, moms are expected to be the coordinators of their kids’ lives. They are supposed to be always in the action. This need not be so.
My kids have just as much fun playing outside for hours at a time making up their own games. This allows me time to work, and time for them to use their imaginations. It’s a win-win.
Implementing just one of these ideas will pay dividends in terms of space and intention. And if I had to pick just one, I’d go with the routine chart for kids because it’s something that you can continue even when summer is over. It serves as an excellent basis for the morning school routine as well.
Jenn writes at her blog healthyhappyimpactful.com. She’s a mom of three looking to learn and grow. Check it out if you love helpful tips on health, family, and personal growth.