Figuring out how to get your kids back into a school routine at the start of a new school year can be a bit challenging for families under the best circumstances… And if there’s anything we know about 2020, it’s that this year does not fall under the realm of “the best circumstances.” Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Prince George’s County Public Schools are undertaking distance learning until at least the end of the year. However, just because school isn’t physically in session doesn’t mean that you’re off the hook when it comes to this parental challenge. In fact, getting your family on a regular schedule is more important than ever under these circumstances!
Why A School Routine is So Important (Even During a Pandemic)
There are so many reasons that having a routine can benefit your family, but just to name a few:
- Routines let everyone know what to expect. This is particularly valuable when you’re juggling multiple schedules.
- Routines can reduce anxiety and stress, leading to better health, better sleep, and better results in school and work.
- Routines help us get into the right mindset for the tasks we have to do. This is true not just for kids who are distance learning, but also for adults who are working from home.
- Routines give us a sense of control. When the world feels out of control, it can be a relief to know that you have a routine to rely on.
- Routines make time for the important stuff. Getting your kids into a school routine is good for productivity (yours and theirs), which means you’ll have more quality time together. Be sure to schedule in the fun, too, like roller skating at our Family Nights on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month!
How to Get Your Kids On a School Routine
- Set bedtimes for everyone—and stick to them! That goes for parents, too. None of you will be ready to get up and get to work if you’re tired from staying up late.
- Create a chart showing each family member’s routine and hang it somewhere everyone can see it, like the refrigerator. Feeling extra organized? Print and laminate the charts and place them at your kids’ work stations so they can refer to the schedule without interrupting your work or their class time. They can even cross off each item with a dry erase marker.
- Work during the week and relax during the weekend. When you’re stuck at home all the time, the days can start running into each other. It’s easy to get distracted and let the work pile up, until you can’t procrastinate any longer and end up working on schoolwork or work-work during the weekend.
Making fun weekend plans can help incentivize your crew to work hard Monday through Friday, so you can enjoy the weekend and “unplug” from work and school. Join us for roller skating whenever you’re looking for fun, active things to do in Lanham.