Every parent needs a handy parent survival guide for dealing with little ones around the house. Having children at home can be exciting and daunting at the same time. We’re all looking forward to spending a little extra quality time with our little ones. But, we also need to make sure that we can keep them entertained and stimulated at the same time.
The key to running a successful learning environment from home is routine. Some children may have received work from school which they need to complete and others may not have. By implementing a simple daily routine, working parents can get stuff done and little ones can spend time learning.
Here’s our number one parent survival guide:
Every household is different but this basic schedule can be adapted to suit any family. Your schedule will ensure that your days flow. Having a flow in place means that your family will know when certain things get done. This makes getting work or learning done easier than ever.
Start with breakfast. Gather the family for a sit-down breakfast. This is a great time for everyone to chat about what the plans are for the day, when parents need to work and when children need to spend time learning. Follow this up with clean up chores. Assign dishes, beds, and tidy up duties to everyone. Next, you need to have your main activity for the day. This could be moms and dads sitting down to get the bulk of their work done or children doing their learning for the day.
Eat and Play
Then, take a break for a mid-morning bite to eat. Taking a break means you’ll get time to refresh the mind. Give the kiddies a healthy fruit snack to keep them energised. Next, allow your little ones a chance for free play. This gives them the opportunity to grab a ball and run outside for a little. Burning off energy is essential especially if you’re all cooped up at home. Follow this with a healthy family lunch.
After lunch put aside a little time for younger family members to take a nap or have quiet time. Then, go ahead and allow for a little game time in the form of board games or cards maybe even a creative activity such a colouring or painting. Next, an afternoon snack to fill a hole. This could be a sandwich or a fruit or even veggie slices.
In winding the day down, allow your children a little screen time. This could be either watching their favourite show or playing games. When they do this, it will also give you a chance to get dinner started for the family. Before dinner, it’s important to burn off that last bit of energy, try a family exercise time. Either running, cycling or playing outside.
No routine would be complete without a set bedtime. Yes, having the children at home can be unsettling for you and your little ones. But, you need to make sure that routines are kept to as best as possible. If your child is usually asleep by 8pm, try to get the children in bed and sleeping by the latest 30 minutes after regular bedtime. When the children go back to school it will be easier to adapt to their new schedule.