School Days - Top 10 Tips For Establishing A Good Routine

Written by Lindsay Small

Teachers know that children thrive in an environment with routines, boundaries and rules. Unfortunately, parents often forget it! And yet by establishing good routines and encouraging children to help you maintain them, you have an opportunity to set a pattern and a discipline that will stay with your children forrepparttar rest of their lives. You will make school days easier and far less stressful, reducerepparttar 150432 chances of starting your day late or dragging on forever withrepparttar 150433 homework, put an end to nagging and shouting, and have happier, more relaxed kids.

Here are 10 tips for establishing a solid, school day routine.

1. Layrepparttar 150434 breakfast tablerepparttar 150435 night before

Put everything out apart from perishables. If you keep all your breakfast things in one cupboard or one area ofrepparttar 150436 kitchen this routine will be easier to establish, and older children can take it in turns to do it.

2. Put out your clothesrepparttar 150437 night before

Lay out a complete set of clothes for each child, checking them as you do it. Older children should do this themselves - you can double check when you say goodnight. Then if something is missing (or shoes need polishing) you have time to put it right. Lay your own clothes out too!

3. Brush teeth atrepparttar 150438 kitchen sink

Keep a toothbrush and toothpaste for each child inrepparttar 150439 kitchen and brush teeth atrepparttar 150440 kitchen sink immediately after breakfast. It may not be perfect forrepparttar 150441 house-proud, but if you send your child out of your sight to do a chore inrepparttar 150442 morning, you lose control. If you lose control, he may start dawdling.

4. Set up base camp

Establish a "base camp" whererepparttar 150443 children keep all their school things. You will need room for kit bags, satchels, swimming bags, sports equipment, ballet bags, library books and whatever elserepparttar 150444 kids need! Provide at least one hook per vhild for their coats (in our house kids must hang coats up as soon as they take them off) and a basket or box for school shoes (in our house kids must put shoes inrepparttar 150445 box as soon as they take them off too - sometimes they do!) Another basket or box for each child can be used as a place to put anything that needs to go to school - gloves, letters to teachers, music, library books etc. Everything is in its place and ready to go outrepparttar 150446 door first thing inrepparttar 150447 morning without any fuss.

5. Make a list

Fill out a schedule of what is needed at school on each day and pin it up at "base camp". Check each morning before you walk outrepparttar 150448 door that you haverepparttar 150449 appropriate kit. You will find a school week planner to print here:

Got To, Get To – Change The Way Your Family Thinks

Written by Lindsay Small

I recently heard a story that has literally changedrepparttar way that I, and my family, think about life. The story is as follows:

There was once a high-powered woman in her 30s who ran her own company and was massively successful in business. Yet every single day, at 10am, she visited her elderly mother, who was in an old peoples’ home. When asked if she could attend meetings at that time, she would reply, “I’m sorry, I’ve got to visit my mother”. She sometimes resentedrepparttar 150431 commitment and was occasionally ridiculed, but nevertheless answered, “No, I’m sorry, I’ve got to visit my mother.”

One day her mother died. Soon afterwards she was asked if she could make a meeting at 10amrepparttar 150432 following day. She started to reply, “No, I’m sorry, I’ve got to visit my mother”, but of course quickly realised that this was no longerrepparttar 150433 case. Sadly, she realised that for many years she had been saying, “I’ve got to visit my mother” when what she should have instead been saying was, “I get to visit my mother”. She would never "get to" visit her mother again.

So how doesrepparttar 150434 story relate to other situations? I have been surprised by how many timesrepparttar 150435 story has seemed appropriate since I heard it, just a few weeks ago. It applies to so many different aspects of family and working life, fromrepparttar 150436 large torepparttar 150437 mundane. For example, I first told my sonrepparttar 150438 story when he was complaining about some extra French classes he was having at weekends (“I can’t believe I’ve got to go torepparttar 150439 French tutor”). I explained that he is lucky to "get to" haverepparttar 150440 French classes: lucky that we care enough to notice he needs them, and lucky that we can afford to pay for them.

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