This Version Posted: September 8, 2021

Nothing keeps us organized like a routine. Consistency in day-to-day activities provides children with a sense of security and helps everyone maintain order within the household.  

A routine is increasingly important when children and youth are in school. Creating and maintaining a daily routine for back-to-school will help us with time management (getting to and from school on time, completing homework assignments, participating in extracurricular activities, etc.) and build our independence.

One way to establish your routine is to maintain a monthly calendar that’s displayed in a shared room of the household. This ensures the entire facamily knows where each of them needs to be and when.  

Things to include in your daily routine: 

  • Wake up and breakfast
  • School start and end times 
  • Extracurricular activities 
  • Assignment due dates 
  • Dinner time 
  • Homework hour
  • Preparation for tomorrow’s school day (if you have younger kids, help them pick out their clothes, pack their lunch and assemble their backpack for a smooth morning the following day) 
  • Bedtime 

A routine will help with everyone’s stress levels and make managing life all that much easier. With that said, practice some flexibility. It’s important for us to learn to go with the flow when life throws its unexpected curveballs.