What to do with the kids after school

A difficult time

After school is a very difficult time for us as single parents.  Unfortunately, it can also be a difficult time for our kids.  In my webinar on teen drinking I point out that the most common time for kids to start to get into trouble with alcohol and other drugs is the hours between 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM, those hours after school when supervision is difficult at best.

Is there a relative or friend who can help?

 Some of us are lucky enough to have a relative, grandmother, aunt, uncle etc. to help out, some of us are not so lucky.  In my case, the closest relative was 2000 miles away so that was of little value.

I had a next door neighbor who was always home and my kids were to check in with him after school and he promised to keep a look out for trouble.  Generally that worked but it didn’t stop my son from experimenting with grass in the back yard with his buddies.

 We need a plan

 As parents, we need a plan for the kids after school.  Where are they to go?  Who is in charge?  What do we expect from them? How are we going to check in with them?

In my opinion, the ideal plan keeps them at school involved in an activity that requires their presence at practice such as soccer, football etc.  The more we can keep our kids engaged in activities, the less likely they are to get into mischief behind our backs.

 Keep them involved with something productive

The next best plan is to have them involved in some sort of structured activity either at home or at a friend’s house.  This would be a good time to do homework, chores, feed the family dog etc.

The important thing is to make sure their time is full of productive activity and not have them sitting around thinking of trouble to get into.  One suggestion is to enroll them in a karate class or something similar.  Kids generally love it and it teaches both mental and physical discipline.

What about emergencies

Another important consideration is having an emergency plan.  What happens in the event of a fire, earthquake etc.  What are they to do if for example, God forbid, you have an accident and don’t make it hope? Where do they go?  Who do they talk to? Do they have emergency phone numbers readily available, posted by the phone?  Do you even have a phone? What do they do if there is power failure?

In the further information section below, I have listed some websites that offer more information and advice to single parents.

Finally, let’s get to know each other.  Good luck in the days ahead. My wish for you is that your children grow up healthy, and contribute to society in a positive way.  I’m here to help you get there. We’ll talk again.  This is Len. Bye for now!

 

For more information and ideas

TLC Family “How to Make a Schedule for Kids After School”

http”//tlc.howstuffworks.com/…/how-to-make-schedule…

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Want to know how to make a schedule for kids afterschool? Visit TLC Family to learn how to make a schedule for kids afterschool.

Best and worst after-school activities for children with ADHD …

http://www.babycenter.com/0_best-and-worst-aftersch

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Best afterschool activities for children with ADHD. Karate or tae kwon do These activities require intense mental and physical involvement so they tap into your

Home alone? New study shows what kids do after school

http://www.umich.edu/~urecord/9900/Apr03…/7.htm

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3 Apr 2000 – About 3.5 million American children between ages 5 and 12 spend some time home alone after school. But the average amount of time isn’t

After-School Activities, Sports, and Programs for Kids & Boredom …

http://fun.familyeducation.com/…/outdoor…/33126.ht…

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Find information on afterschool activities ranging from afterschool programs, Support Your Child’s Interests · Do Homeschoolers Miss Out on High School

After Schol Rotuines for Kids

http://www.theconfidentmom.com/…/effective-aftersc

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Effective After School Routine Tips. by confidentmom on September 15, 2011. Crazaberamer server ip Routines can make a home with children so much less chaotic. Last week I shared

Finding One: What Kids Do When They’re Not in School

http://www.wallacefoundation.org/…/finding-one-what…

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Finding One: What Kids Do When They’re Not in School – All Work and No Play? Still, nearly 3 in 10 say they are home alone after school at least three days a

When It’s Just You After School

http://kidshealth.org › KidsFeelings

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Now, that’s not too realistic, but plenty of kids are home alone after school until It’s a good idea to practice what you would do in a real emergency, just in case

 

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