Children, especially of school age, are usually overwhelmed by the stressors of their everyday lives. It might not seem like much to adults, but homework and the expectations to succeed can be hard on a child. However, you can help your kids deal with these stressors, and others, by helping them to establish a schedule that improves their day-to-days.
Ask Them to Make Up a Routine of Their Dailies
Do your children have an unorganized routine of what they do during the day? Then, in essence, they already have established a routine of their dailies. However, you can encourage them to hone these with solid routines. And these routines will help them with preparations for the day after. For example, if their routine dictates a morning shower, then they will have already laid out their clothing for school the night before.
Encourage Them to Write Down Their Schedules
For school-aged children—teenagers, especially, you should encourage them to write down their routines in a schedule format. Sure, they can be a bit loose with their schedules. They are kids, after all. But they should try to adhere to those routines on the mornings that they have important things to do, like attend classes. Writing down their schedule will help them stick to a routine, while prepping them for the rest of their day. You could even invest in a dictaphone microcassette transcriber to help your older children remember their schedules.
Explain How Routines Can Help with Stress and Everyday Life
At first, you might meet with a bit of resistance when it comes to getting your kids to make up and write down a schedule of their day-to-day, weekday routines. But, to ease them into the idea, let them know that you know how hard everyday has been for them so far. And you see their stress. Let them know that routines, even small ones, can help them feel more organized and prepared, which is a natural stress reliever.
Routines and schedules aren’t for ALL kids. Mostly older school-aged children and teens would totally benefit. But don’t expect your toddler to follow suit.