Is after school time chaotic in your house? Take a few simple steps to calm the kids and turn the afternoon into a productive, enjoyable time for everyone. But first, get organized. Set up files or bins to deal with school papers, artwork, etc. There are several different ways to do this. First, unpack the backpacks and put them away. Deal with the contents using your filing system. Provide a simple, nourishing snack. Talk to the kids and see how their day went. If there are after school activities, have supplies and equipment packed and ready by the door. Otherwise, let the kids have some free time before homework. This won’t work ALL the time, but the structure will definitely have a positive impact on your stress level.

Key Takeaways:

  • Having a well developed and organized plan will make a new routine successful
  • Take this opportunity to instill important organizational life skills by addressing their messy backpacks daily
  • If you’re family doesn’t eat until later, providing a healthy snack after school will help make this routine special

“The more sensitive you are to their moods, the better you can connect with them and adjust your expectations for the rest of the day.”

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