This Month’s Parenting Class: Embracing the Power of Schedule
Being a kid is such a wild experience, and it’s an experience we all get one time on our life. Think back for a minute to your favorite parts of being a kid. It could be time with friends in a neighborhood. It could be memories with your grandparents. It could be adventures with your parents on yearly vacations. The common link is that the times we remember often come from unexpected places on holidays or weekends. They surprise us and stick with us.
The rest of childhood is a maze of figuring out how day-to-day life works. What our kids don’t know is that the parents are trying to figure things out also. As our kids move from grade to grade many parents forget the power of a simple idea that helps kids thrive. That tool parents forget about is the simple schedule. In this online parenting class we are going talk about how we can embrace the power of schedule.
We tend to think of schedules as helpful tools for preschoolers and focus on them less and less as kids move into grade school, but they are still desperately needed. Schedules take anxiety and uncertainty out of our children’s lives. We are giving our children clear expectations and a plan when we give them a set schedule. There are times in every week when no schedule is needed and everyone can choose what they want to do, but during the week schedules help everyone stay sane and healthy!
I know there may be some pushback, but this month let me suggest 5 areas you can set on your schedules that will help your kids succeed!
I have never met a child or parent that loved homework, but, trust me, it’s going to show up. When you set a schedule for when homework will be tackled you have a better shot of not allowing it to cause arguments. Set a normal routine so you and your kids know this is the time to accomplish it and ask you for help.
Your 4th grader needs sleep! Studies have shown that sleep is one of the key indicators of children having success in school. Many parents allow their kids to decide when they head to bed, but that will always go poorly for everyone. Hold to a tight schedule for bed so each night has a better flow.
Tech and Media
Tech and media are fun and dangerous resources for our children. If you don’t set a schedule for when your children can be on devices they will always default to excess. Work with your kids, and make a firm schedule for tech use during the week and a plan for the weekend.
Play, Reading, Creating
Kids need space to have fun not involving technical devices. They need time to read books and the Bible. They need time to make and break things. They need to play and explore. Make a schedule for your kids to have this kind of time each week.
Mom and Dad Time
This is the best schedule we will talk about. Your kids need schedules so you and your spouse have time each day to actually connect, relax, and recharge. Leverage the schedule for kids so you as a couple can have a chance to actually sit down each night.
Schedules can be a good thing! Give it a shot this month.
- Parenting Class 1: What Do I Do When My Child Is Getting Bullied?
- Parenting Class 2: What Do I Do When My Child Always Wants More?
- Parenting Class 3: What Do I Do When My Child Is Struggling at School?
- Parenting Class 4: How Do I Help My Child When They Are Trapped by Fear?
- Parenting Class 5: My Child and Technology in the Home
- Parenting Class 6: Teaching Our Kids Honor Through Discipline
- Parenting Class 7: Time Management for Your Family
- Parenting Class 8: Helping Your Child Be a Real Friend
- Parenting Class 9: Helping Your Child Embrace Gratefulness
- Parenting Class 10: How Do I Teach My Child To Be Respectful?
- Parenting Class 11: Taming Our Kids Emotional Meltdowns
- Parenting Class 12: Creating an Empathetic Child
- Parenting Class 13: How to Get Your Child to Do More Than Play Wii/Cultivating Good Work Habits
- Parenting Class 14: Encouragement vs. Perfectionism
- Parenting Class 15: Helping Kids Process Evil
- Parenting Class 16: Keeping Our Children Safe Online
- Parenting Class 17: How to Handle Bed Time without a Fight
- Parenting Class 18: Allowing Your Kid to Struggle
- Parenting Class 19: Dealing with a Rebellious Child
- Parenting Class 20: Fun Ways to Study Scripture with Your Child
- Parenting Class 21: How to Have a Scream Free Home
- Parenting Class 22: How to Speak “Kid Language”
- Parenting Class 23: Overcoming Failures
- Parenting Class 24: Preparing for Puberty
- Parenting Class 25: Helping Your Child Know When and If to Quit
- Parenting Class 26: Establishing Healthy Gaming Boundaries
- Parenting Class 27: What If You Don’t Like Your Child’s Friend
- Parenting Class 28: Scriptures You Can Pray for Your Kids
- Parenting Class 29: Teaching Your Kids About Mercy
- Parenting Class 30: When Family Devotions Go Wrong
- Parenting Class 31: 4 Personal God Things to Share with Your Child
- Parenting Class 32: The Importance of a Childhood Inventory
- Parenting Class 33: How to Fight Fair
- Parenting Class 34: A Third Party
- Parenting Class 35: How to Infuse God into Everyday Life
- Parenting Class 36: Helping Around the House
- Parenting Class 37: Manners, Politeness, and Respect
- Parenting Class 38: Conversations Through TV and Movies
- Parenting Class 39: Money Management and Allowance
- Parenting Class 40: Developing Good Study Habits
- Parenting Class 41: Handling Anger, Frustration, and Arguments
- Parenting Class 42: Shame Versus Guilt
- Parenting Class 43: Discipline Versus Punishment
- Parenting Class 44: Do I Parent Using Shame
- Parenting Class 45: Parenting Yourself
- Parenting Class 46: Combating Shame
- Parenting Class 47: The Power of Empathy
- Parenting Class 48: No Perfect Parent
- Parenting Class 49: Disrespectful Speech and Attitudes
- Parenting Class 50: The Potential of Saying “No”
- Parenting Class 51: Moms and Sons
- Parenting Class 52: Dads and Daughters
- Parenting Class 53: Parenting from a United Front