An orderly day promotes security in children and fosters organized habits for a lifetime.
Having a schedule posted and children trained to consult the schedule teaches independence, shows the child(ren) that you know they are reliable AND minimizes the need to nag.
There are numerous printable schedules available on the internet, but you may want to create your own in order to better fit the exact needs of your family.
This is a great, cooperative, family project that is ideal to tackle over the summer.
On your fridge, desk or kitchen table, leave a running list over the course of a few days.
Every time a member of your household remembers something that is a daily activity, add it to the appropriate list (morning or evening).
Typical entries would be include:
- brushing hair and teeth
- packing backpacks
- packing lunches
- setting out breakfast dishes
- taking out clothing
- getting dressed
- taking care of pets
- reading stories, etc.
Afternoons are going to vary from day to day and should therefore have a separate, spreadsheet-style list for the week.
Afternoon activities would include:
- after school activities
- sports teams
- and anything else that varies day to day.
Just like the lunch menus, your best chance at success is incorporating great design and color.
For pre-readers, this is still very do-able. Use pictures taken from the internet, cut from magazines, or for the non-camera shy, take actual photos of your child doing each of the items on the schedule.
More Useful Resources
- Helping Your Teen with ADD (ADHD) Prepare for Independence
- Building an evening routine for kids of different ages