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Helping people bring structure and calm to chaos

Deanne Carter, LMHC

Info@HeartHealing.org

253 . 651 . 3752

Helping people bring structure and calm to chaos

Deanne Carter, LMHC

Increasing Structure & Routines

© 2012 Deanne Carter, LMHC, NCC

Sample Routines Parents Can Use
to Help Kids Create Calm

Morning while TV is off

  • Get dressed, including socks

  • Comb hair

  • Wash face

  • Shoes by door

  • Breakfast

  • Brush teeth

  • Then TV, if it’s before 7:45

Afterschool

  • Shoes off

  • Use bathroom

  • Change into play clothes

  • Backpack to table

  • Take out folder at table

  • Choose snack (from particular cupboard or list)

  • Set timer for 20 minutes

  • Start homework until bell

  • At the bell: ask questions/get help on homework

  • 10 jumping jacks, 5 summer saults, or 10 wall push ups

  • Set timer for 20 minutes

  • At the bell: ask questions/get help on homework

  • Done? Show parent completed work, pack backpack, backpack by door as ticket to go to play

Playtime

  • Outside in yard – football, soccer, bikes, basketball

  • Inside – legos, cars/racetrack, fort, hide and seek, board games, art supplies except painting

  • Permission to have friends over or go to friend’s house when homework complete within 1 hour and dog is fed and watered. (can have electronics at friends’ houses)

  • Home by 5:30 (provide child with watch with alarm)

  • Up to 5 minutes late = come home 10 minutes early next day

  • Up to 10 minutes late = come home 20 minutes early next day

  • Up to 30 minutes late = stay home next day

After dinner

  • Dishes to sink, wipe table

  • Check room for items on the floor (parent checks at 7pm and any items on the floor are gone for 1 week)

  • Play Choices: Outside in yard – football, soccer, bikes, basketball

  • Inside – legos, cars/racetrack, fort, hide and seek, board games, art supplies except painting

  • and electronics and friends over until 7:15, if all homework is turned in

Bedtime routine

  • 7:30pm bath/shower

  • PJs

  • Get last drink or snack before 8pm

  • Brush teeth

  • 8:00 Read 20 minutes on own

  • 8:20  10 minutes with adult if you are in bed, Can talk or read

  • 8:30 lights out: You don’t have to sleep, but you do need to stay in room with lights out

  • Bedtime cd’s are ok

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