Being back at work has brought on a big change in our everyday routine, but the one that is the most crucial in my opinion is our after school routine. As soon as the kids get home, they want to play and unwind, but I have to make sure they have a few things done first. From the time they get off the bus to the time they go to bed is about 4.5 hours, so we have to maximize the time we do have. Even though I work in the same school as them, I don’t see them as much as you would think. I try to be intentional about the time we have after school and make the most of it!
First things first- they take out their folders, place their completed work and important school papers in a designated place, and clean out their lunch boxes. They take a packed lunch every day, and I decided this year that they are old enough to at least clean it out so it’s ready for me in the morning.