Routines are the key to a smoothly running household. Routines establish expectations for behavior and responsibility. During the school year, having established routines at home for getting ready for school, homework, and bedtime ensure that most of the time, things will get done. Sometimes, on a crazy, busy day, a routine can make the difference between an overwhelmed parent and a stressed parent who gets almost everything taken care of.
Put as much responsibility on your kids as they can handle. Don’t be afraid to give them more responsibility even if you’re not sure they can handle it. If your kid is asking for more responsibility, definitely hand it over and supervise to make sure your child stays safe and they get the job done. Pair a younger child with an older one and encourage the older child to teach the younger one how to do the job.
Setting up expectations as routines for my kids last year made a huge difference in our school mornings and afternoons. My kids knew they were required to get their rooms ready, get dressed, finish their lunches, and get their chores done before they could do electronic time each morning.
Read more about my Back to School Routines for Kids at The Super Mommy Club.