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Make the after school routine easier with a printable After School Routine Checklist
I remember when Littlest was in Kindergarten they ate lunch at about 10:45am. By the time he came home from school in the afternoon he was hungry. I would have been hungry, too. He was excited in 1st grade when his lunch time was a tad later in the day. But as soon as we walked in the door at home he still wanted a snack.
The Twins are the same. After being at school all day exercising their brains they are pretty hungry in those hours between after school and dinner time. So after school snacks have become a staple of our after school routine.
Our school year days kind of happen in shifts. Youngest Twin gets up and off to high school. Then Littlest gets up and off to elementary school. Finally Oldest Twin gets up and we start our homeschool day. That means after school happens in shifts as well. Oldest Twin and I finish his lessons. Then Youngest Twin comes home from school. And then Littlest arrives home. It gets pretty hectic trying to make sure that everyone is on top of their after school assignments.
Last year, in a moment of frustration, I typed up a list of what I wanted them to accomplish after school each day and taped the lists to their doors for them to find when they got home from school. While it got the job done, I wanted something a little more permanent. And a little prettier if it was going to be displayed around the house for them to access easily.
So this year I created a standard after-school checklist with the items that each of the boys needs to do after school each day. At the top of the list is a snack. They need to make sure they do their homework, and ask a parent for help if needed. Then they have chores that vary depending on the day, so they do have a separate chore list. Finally they need to take a bath or shower and go to bed. Even for the teenagers having a visual checklist is a great help.
The checklist can be put in a picture frame behind glass or laminated so that it can be reused. With either option you can use a dry erase marker to check off the items each day and then mark the day off at the bottom as you go through the week.
As the Mom of not one but two teenage boys I’m a big fan of snack options that are quick to make and high in protein, 21-23 grams of protein to be specific. Now I know that one of these Jimmy Dean Bowl’s has the word Breakfast in the name, but don’t be fooled. You don’t have to just eat them for breakfast. The Burrito Breakfast Bowl, as well as Loaded Potato and Ranchero Steak and Eggs, are great after school snacks for the teenagers. Filling, taste great, and the boys can make the bowl themselves.
What does your after school routine look like? Any favorite after school snacks?