The Afternoon High Five

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Do you have an afternoon routine for your family to wind down from school and work? Give them an afternoon high five to make it easy.

The Afternoon High Five | Life as Mom

What do your kids do when school’s done for the day? Is it a free-for all? Do folks scatter for their rooms and individual devices? Or do you have a set routine?

While every family certainly needs to find what suits them best, routines are good.

Routines are important for kids and for adults. When we have set tasks for certain times of the day, we add a rhythm to life. It helps kids mark the passing of the day and grounds them.

I think routines, just like seasons, add comfort and familiarity to an ever-changing world and remind us of the passing of time.

For a number of years our family has used the Morning High Five and Evening High Five charts to help our kids keep track of their responsibilities at the start and the end of the day.

Establishing afternoon routines

But, what about the afternoon? We need a peg to hang the afternoon on, to mark the passing.

Here is your afternoon high five. It’s the ideal checklist/visual for kids to complete after school.

You can print the pre-filled version that lists typical after school tasks or download the blank form and fill it in with the routines that fit your family.

Post the chart in easy view and help your kids establish a new afternoon routine that will give rhythm to their days.

Afternoon High Five Printable | Life as MOM

For further reading:

Do you have any tricks for your afternoon high five?

Originally published November 21, 2013. Updated October 18, 2016.

About Jessica Fisher

I believe you can get great meals on the table -- and still keep that pretty smile on your face.

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  1. Thank you so much for doing this! Hooray!

  2. Kathy in Illinois says

    What a precious photo of your 2 darling daughters!
    God bless, Kathy in Illinois

  3. Perfect visual way to convey the routine to kids! My boys do have a routine: unpack bags, snack, music practice/reader, then TV or play. Next year things will change a bit with the introduction of homework for the older one…

  4. Kelly Hess says

    I love the visual! We have a very similar schedule on school days: wash hands, eat snack, 30 minutes free time, homework time, dinner, evening activities, review homework, showers, bed!

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