Getting Your Children Back on Track with Routines

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Getting children back on track after a long summer break or even just a vacation can be a little bit of a task.  It is essential to you and your child to have some routines in place so they can have a successful school year. 

Sleeping: During the summer children stay up late and sleep in late because this is what you do on vacation.  Once school begins, extra curricula activities and homework sleeping the right amount of time is essential.  Sticking to bed times and wake up times on a consistence basis will help with routines and keep your children on track.

To give your child the adequate sleep they need and an environment that is peaceful, which means you need to take the televisions, radios, electronics and cell phones out of the bedroom.  This can be difficult especially if your child consistently uses these devices in their bedroom.  Setting boundaries and limits will only help your child get the rest they need to be successful.

Get Organized: When things at home are organized, children are organized. Laying out clothes the night before is a good idea. Showers and baths should be done the night before.Set up breakfast dishes or put out the cereal box and bowl for the morning. Lunches or lunch money should be packed along with homework, in the book bags and ready to go. Keep bedrooms organized and clean. These will keep not only your child organized but you also.

Use a calendar: Keep a calendar visible where everyone in the family can see.  Add items such as, sports, dance class, parent PTO meetings and anything that can keep the family informed.  You could even put when bills are due.  When planning different activities you will have a bird’s eye view of what is in store for the week ahead. 

Staying Consistent-   As long as what you put in place in your home, activities and priorities you children including yourself will stay on track.  It is all about the consistency.

Tracy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Early Childhood education from the University of RI.   Besides overseeing sites she has also managed successful fundraisers including golf tournaments, developed and given countless training sessions, and served on boards and committees.  Tracy is currently one of the faces of The Children’s Workshop appearing on segments of “The Modern Parent” on Fox Providence’s morning television show, The Rhode Show.  In her role, Tracy enjoys most supporting and helping the staff, families, and children she works with every day. When she is not working, she enjoys gardening, cooking, and spending time with her husband and children.