If not managed properly, after-school time can be stressful both for parents and the kids. The kids are exhausted and want to have fun while the parents have to think about homework and preparing for the next day. In our days having fun meant playing soccer in the backyard or having friends over. Now, however, the traditions have changed. The soccer is played on screens instead of the playground and friends are met through texting or online messaging. In simple words, after school time is more like tech-time.
The tech-time adds up to the tiredness from school. The kids never really rest or unwind with a good play. What happens is after coming back from school they hop onto their devices, time passes by and in the end, they crash. Then it’s the next morning and another school day. No parent-kid time, no rest, just concerned parents and tired kids.
In order for you to not face this situation, we have come up with some pointers that can help you. The whole trick is in organizing and managing the after-school routine.
Refill the Energy Bar
When they come back from school, make sure they eat and revitalize themselves. For them to have a happy afternoon and evening, it is necessary they have a proper meal. Don’t drag it or ignore it, or they will just be unresponsive zombies for the rest of the day.
Divide the Time
Organize your day in order. Set time for rest, homework, family, dinner and then a proper bedtime to ensure a good night’s sleep.
Make it a priority to make the bedroom, dining table and homework time device-free zones. You can use FamilyTime Screen limits to manage these times and restrict their devices. With its digital locking system, kids have no choice but to stay away from their gadgets.
Let Them Out
Once in a while, like on weekends or low-key school days, let them go out and explore. Staying cramped up in the house isn’t good for their mental and physical growth. Let your teens go out with friends, shop or just walk around the neighborhood. If you worry about their safety you can easily keep a check on their location with FamilyTime GPS tracking and Geofencing. You can control wandering off to unsafe places and even get panic alerts.
Talk About Your Days
Take out some time to tell them about your day and ask them about theirs. It is a great way to relax, connect and be aware of your kids’ school life.
Don’t Compromise On Sleep
Never, in any case, let them compromise their sleep. It is only possible when they do their homework and other after school activities on time. A proper sleep is what ensures a fresh and active child next day.
These are some tips to make your afternoons stress-free and have fun at the same time. A good routine doesn’t hurt anyone; in fact, it makes it possible to live life to the fullest. Follow these tips and let us know how your kids’ after school lives are turning out.