School starts next week for our boys and I am getting them back into an evening routine before the big day! I am a huge believer in setting regular routines with the kids. In the long run it makes everyone happy. I'm not saying you can't deviate every once in a while. Although sticking to a plan allows your children to know what is expected from them and causes less arguments when it is time to turn out the lights.
Here is what a typical evening looks like in our home...
5:15-6:15 pm: Prepare and eat dinner.
6:15-6:30 pm: Clean up after dinner. Make sure lunch boxes are out for the next day. Oldest son loads dishwasher.
6:30-6:45 pm: I take the dog for a walk with or without the kids. This is much more relaxing without the kids.
6:45-7:45 pm: The younger kids play inside or outside, usually climbing on Daddy. My oldest son uses this time for homework if he did not do it after school.
7:45-8:30 pm: Shower time! The kids get showered up, stories read and off to bed.
I know exciting stuff right? I know routines don't sound fun but I feel it's necessary to give your family some sort of guideline to go on. Choose a schedule that works for you. You might prefer doing some of your morning chores like packing lunches the night before. I prefer to do them in the morning. I find that in this season in my life I prefer to wake up before the kids and not stay up as late at night. Believe me this has been a very gradual process, I am NOT a morning person. I have found that this just works better for us.
Do you ease your kids back into a school routine?