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:
- Hang up backpack and coat.
- Wash his hands.
- 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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Originally published on March 13, 2009. Last Updated on May 13, 2010 by Amy Locurto