With Halloween just around the corner, the back-to-school excitement has faded and kids are settled into their classroom routines, hopefully feeling confident about what to expect day-to-day while at school. Once school lets out for the day though, some parents may find that things go a bit haywire! Children who are doing amazingly well socially and academically at school suddenly start acting out or being defiant at home after school. This juxtaposition can be especially apparent in younger children who are in their first few years of school. One theory is that kids work hard to rise to expectations during school, but then get home and are maxed out; they need a break from conforming to adult expectations. While this is true, we’ve found that keeping a loose schedule and routine in place – especially after school – is extremely beneficial to our little ones.
Sometimes, the simple act of NOT having a basic routine in place can cause anxiety in kids. Let’s look at this from your child’s perspective: They have just had a very structured day at school, where every minute is essentially planned out for them. Then, they get home and have no expectations of what will happen next. The unknown can be scary and confusing for our little ones. It’s hard for them to process that they are now at home with a much less structured (if any) routine.
As busy parents, we understand that having to come up with – let alone implement – any type of after school routine can be daunting. That’s why we want to give an example of an easy after school routine for kids (most of which you’re probably already doing in some form or fashion) to help both parents and kids get what they need out of their day together.
Here are some things you may want to integrate into your own after school routine:
Photography Credit: Amy Bell, Modern Nest Photography
Are we the only ones who are still a little in shock that it’s already February – let alone that Valentine’s Day is only a week away?!
In an effort to keep up with our resolution to be more mindful this year, we’ve decided to forgo the dollar isle goodies, and instead, focus on spreading love and kindness this Valentine’s Day.
We love baby wearing around here. As busy moms ourselves, we've spent many days wearing our little ones so we can get things accomplished, not to mention it just feels so good to have a newborn snuggled up against you all day! We are excited to feature our friend, Elle Rowley, the founder of Solly Baby to kick off our Slumberkins Spotlight series. We got to know her last summer when Solly Baby came to take part in our Slumberkins Soiree here in the Pacific Northwest.
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