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Most of our children come back from school fussy and cranky. Every one of us as mothers has enough on her plate already, so we get frustrated too. Listen, Mommy, we get you; whether you’re a working or a stay-at-home mom, you put so much effort into taking care of a lot of things during your day. We understand that it’s unfair that your children come back home to meet you with mean faces. But let’s walk in your child’s shoes, shall we?
Your child too had a super long day, waking up really early for school, and all the things in between until they reach the school to attend an average of 8 classes. They get back home exhausted knowing that their day isn’t over, having homework to do, studying for an exam, or training. Maybe they had a bad day at school as well. In conclusion, your child has enough on their plate too. Now the question is how to handle a child after getting back from school.
Warmly welcome them
I recently watched a video about how we’re so used to asking our children about their day once we see them after school. The parenting expert pointed out that our children don’t really need one more question to answer, they, however, need containment. Hence, you should welcome them with a warm “I love you” and “You’re important to me”.
Make a doable routine
Children thrive on routines. Unexpected events disrupt them. Take advantage of that and make a nice doable routine that will be in both your and your child’s favor. Make sure that it combines getting things done and having fun.
One of our beautiful Rahet Bally moms shared her experience with kids who are of different ages; she made them an after-school routine consisting of simple chores that her children would follow and get points accordingly to reward them later. These chores include putting their shoes and bags away, washing up, neatly folding their uniforms, and carrying their plates to the kitchen after eating lunch.
Take them out at least once a week
Just like us, children need time to unwind as well. They need to run, play, and have fun. Make sure you take them out and have fun together.