5 Tips for Developing an After-School Routine

January 12, 2022 16 By EngineerMommy

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It’s 3pm and the kids are heading home from school. How do you make sure they get a nutritious meal rather than a handful of junk food? How do you find out all about their day, while still making it a fun, engaging conversation? Over the years, as a mom of two, I’ve developed a refined after-school routine that works well for our family. It consists of a number of elements that address a child’s needs for a well-rounded, healthy lifestyle. From providing a tasty, nutritious meal (hello GOODLES!) to scheduling some quality time together, let’s talk all about our after-school routine today. 

1. Offer something to eat. If your kids are anything like mine, they come from school starving. I always try to offer them something that’s delicious & nutritious. Mac and cheese was a childhood favorite of mine; I enjoyed it as a kid several times per week while watching my favorite Nickelodeon TV shows. So when we recently had the opportunity to try a variety of GOODLES® Mac & Cheese flavors, I jumped at the opportunity. We tried Cheddy Mac, Shella Good, Twist My Parm, and Mover & Shaker. Such fun names!!

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They are prepared the same way as regular noodles. Prep takes less than 10 minutes!

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2. Discuss their day. Avoid closed questions that enable a “yes” or “no” answer. Come up with open-ended questions that facilitate the start of a conversation. Ask questions that enable them to tell you the good, the bad and the ugly about their school days. For example, one of my favorite questions are “what was one thing that happened today that made you smile?” or “which was your favorite part of your day today and why?”

3. Choose extra-curricular activities wisely. I am not one of those moms that sign up my child for four hours of activities & lessons every day after school.  It’s not about cramming as many activities as possible into the after-school period; it’s about finding a passion and then really mastering that skill. I have them pick one or two interests and then I leave plenty of free time for them to get creative and play with their siblings.

4. Schedule some physical activity. Numerous studies have shown the benefits of physical activity on a child’s physical, mental and emotional development. Whether it’s a sport or a walk around the block with the dog or just some playtime at a local park, getting their bodies moving after school is part of our everyday routine.

5. Plan some quality time. As my kids are getting older, I find that carving time throughout the day to do special activities with each of my kids is absolutely essential. I love creating little traditions that cater to the child’s individual interests and personality. With Sophia, I like to go to the local nail salon for mother-daughter manicures and then do some shopping together. With Charlotte, I like to visit the local bookstore with her and we read our favorite books together with some hot chocolate. 

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