After School Routine

What is your after school routine?

I don’t know about yours, but my kid comes home from school starving! Before he can shut the door he’s probably asked Where’s my snack?… What can I eat? At least three times! He then races around the house like crazy looking for food. While this is going on, he throws his backpack, shoes and coat all over the kitchen. I’ve been trying to get him to calm down, by putting snacks on the table ready for him to eat. But he scarfs that down in 2 seconds and the same wild scavenger hunt for food begins again.

Yesterday, I asked him to take some deep breaths and slow down because we needed to figure out a new after school routine, this one is not working! I asked him to help me come up with 3 things he needs to do when he comes in the door… BEFORE he asks for a snack. This is what he came up with:

  1. Hang up backpack and coat.
  2. Wash his hands.
  3. Get out his school work to show me.

I then created this chart just as a reminder. I’ll put it above his backpack hook by the back door. I’ve made this a printable chart if you’d like to download it.

I hope having a simple routine will help him calm down and give me time to pour him a glass of milk!

What is your after school routine? Are your boys as hungry as mine? Maybe it’s a boy thing? Please leave a comment letting me know what works for you.


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About Amy Locurto

Amy is a creative mom of two and graphic designer. When she's not working on Living Locurto, she's busy designing Printable Party Supplies and working on I Heart Faces, her photography blog. Find Amy on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, and Instagram.


  1. We did something like that last year and it worked perfectly !
    I took some clipart images that I've plastified with magnets.
    Images were :
    - Take out your shoes and jacket and put it at the right place
    - Unpack your lunch boxe and bring it to mom
    - do your homeworks
    - put your pijama
    - eat
    - brush your teeths
    - story reading
    - bed time
    The images are on a radiator. Plenty of game with that. Put them in the correct order, find the one missing….
    They learned quickly with it. 8 images is a lot but I've added them progressively.

  2. THANKS!

  3. Too cute! I may try this out with my oldest daughter (who is in kinder). Our routine now is me screaming directions as I get out of the car for the girls as they race into the living room to watch TV or play with toys (yeah our neighbors think we’re crazy but they are fast little things!). My teenage boy wouldn’t go for this. If he doesn’t get food 30 seconds after walking through the door everyone is in danger of being eaten.

  4. Just printed this one too. Maybe he’ll hang his backpack for a snack (:

  5. Hang up backpack and coat;
    Bath and pajamas (this eliminates the crabbing about doing it before bed!!);

  6. hang backpack and coats, shower, snack, homework.

  7. ….and to avoid backpacks,papers, jackets, and shoes thrown on the floor when they get home-it also helps to…

  8. Is this chart still available? When I click on it, it takes me to a PDF file, but it’s blank…? Would love to be able to print it! :o)

  9. Great chart! Did it help reinforce the message? I guess the psychologists will say it would have helped if he drew it!

  10. Great charts! Thanks so much for sharing. :)

  11. Wonderful idea. My daughter just started 1st grade and I am overwhelmed with how much paperwork she brings home. She always tries handing it to me on the drive home but these cards will help her learn a better routine. Thanks!

  12. THANKS!! This is such a great way (that won’t look ugly hanging on my fridge) to remind my son what needs to be done without me having to repeat myself over and over and over again….”what did you say to do Mom?”

  13. Thank You sooooo much for these morning routine and after school poster. My kids are visual learners and these fantastic charts are graciously helpful in getting them on task!! Thanks Again.

  14. I love this. It’s perfect for my little guy and our after school dilemma. I hope you don’t mind that I did a post about this and linked back to your post. Thanks for the chart. I love your work.

  15. My son is the same way. He throws his school stuff on the floor as soon as he walks in and is scrambling around looking for a snack. I think our household could use an evening routine chart – great idea, thanks for sharing.

  16. Forget the kids, this is me! I teach middle school, and the second those kids are out my door, I’m scrambling in my little office to find a snack. Maybe routine will help me focus!

  17. My daughter starts kindergarten this fall and this will be FANTASTIC for us to post where her backpack should go. Thanks for sharing it!

  18. So cute! I’m linking/featuring and sharing w/ my readers- this is darling!
    Thanks for all yoru great ideas!

  19. This is AWESOME!!!! What a great resource. I am featuring this at

  20. Love these tags! So cute! After school my daughter plunks herself on the couch and stretches out for five minutes just to decompress. That gives me time to get her a snack. While she is munching on her snack, she shows me any work she got done at the after school program and then we tackle anything she needs to finish.

  21. Our routine is CCH – change, chores, homework
    After that he has free time to read or play

  22. Routine for my 4 yr old in VPK (Voluntary Pre-kindergarten):

    My son walks in the door; takes out and finishes his homework. Then I prepare a snack and he’s allowed to watch a bit of television.

    If I let him do other things before homework time, I can forget about him actually getting it done in a timely manner.

  23. My son comes home, puts his backpack up, has a snack, shows me his work, works on homework (in Kindergarten!!!). I really like adding in the handwashing…I always make him do it before he comes in the house. I also sprayed his clothes down with Lysol for 2 weeks every day and made him run right up into the shower and change when there were 4 kids in his class with Swine Flu! (We have a little one in the house).

  24. Great ideas, Amy! And so attractive!

    Trying to put the finishing touches tonight on a presentation (“Parenting when both parent and child have ADHD”), I was looking for examples of ways to “externalize” domestic chores and routines.

    Your signs are great for any family, but when ADHD is involved, it’s especially important to build concrete cues into the environment .

    I’ll be sharing your site with attendees of the ADD Resources conference in Seattle this weekend.

    Gina Pera, author
    Is It You, Me, or Adult A.D.D.?
    Stopping the Roller Coaster When Someone You Love Has Attention Deficit Disorder

  25. Hey! I’m brand-new to blogging and brand-new to SITSstas–they are leading me to all kinds of great bloggers including you! Believe it or not, I’m downloading this for my 15 year-old ….I think he’s forgotten the after school routine! He’ll get a kick out of it too. Thank-you!!

    Oh, and if you think your boy(s) eat alot now ….just wait! You’ll make a beautiful, big, full-course dinner and as soon as they wolf it down, they ask to be excused to go make a peanut butter sandwich!!!
    .-= Laurie´s last blog ..One Week-Old Birthday =-.


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