The Parenting Clubhouse Podcast Episode 55: When Tension is High: Managing Behavior with Schedules

covid-19 podcast schedules Mar 31, 2020

Hello, hello! Welcome to The Parenting Clubhouse Podcast. This week I am continuing with sharing tips, advice, and support for you parents during this COVID-19 pandemic. A lot of us, and most of us parents in the United States, now hold the responsibility of continuing the education of our children at home. Aside from the financial crisis we may face, our fears about becoming ill, and the burden of working from home with kids around, acquiring the new lifestyle of becoming “teacher” can be extremely daunting. That’s why in this episode I’m talking all about the one thing that can help you educate your children with ease, minimize those unwanted behaviors, and help you acquire this new teacher lifestyle with simplicity. 

Before we got to the show, I want to share with you another great resource I have for these trying times. If you need new ideas of activities for keeping your kids busy so you can have a much needed break, check out my Activities for Keeping Unideal Behavior at Bay! You can download it for free at or

Let’s head on to it! Let’s go to the show! 

Today I want to talk about the one thing to help you educate your children with ease. It’s having a schedule. I’ve been in lots of classrooms as a behavior analyst, and a classroom schedule is one of the main things I look for when working in a classroom. Why? Because a set schedule is likely to decrease those unwanted problem behaviors (like being off-task, goofing off, getting in trouble with peers, playing inappropriately with materials). 

Since you now have your own sort of classroom, it makes sense for your children to have a schedule at home.  

This sudden change of being our child’s teacher may be a tough pill to swallow for most of us. We don’t feel equipped. We weren’t prepared. We were blinded by this sudden change. 

We have lots of questions: What do I teach them? How do I teach them? How much time in a day do I teach them? 

I want to assure you that your home education during the pandemic doesn’t have to look like the typical 8:00-3:00 school schedule. 

Your children don’t need to be doing “seat work” for eight straight hours each day. What’s important is that they retain the information that they learned this past school year, especially related to reading, writing, and math. 

It’s also a great idea to include some hands-on learning activities, like baking a cake or flying a kite. And I’ve got LOADS of ideas for you in my latest Activities freebie. You can find that at

When it comes to building your at home school schedule, think about your child’s typical school schedule. What does it include? Snack? Recess? Extracurriculars like art, P.E., music, or language? You can incorporate some of those things into your child’s school day, along with the typical reading, writing, math, science, and social studies. 

But I can’t say it enough: don’t expect your child to be seated at the kitchen table for 8 hours per day. Really think about what works best for you and your kiddo. 

I also highly suggest interspersing seat work with breaks or more fun activities. So, once your child works on their handwriting, they can then have a snack, play, or do another fun activity.  

It’s also a really good idea to incorporate movement with their school subjects. Instead of reviewing their multiplication facts while seated inside, they could make a game out of it while outside. 

And let me remind you: your family’s at home school schedule may look different than other families’ because of your other obligations (e.g., working from home, having other children to tend to). 

This schooling doesn’t have to be perfect. Really, your family’s schooling is perfect as long as it fits your family’s needs. If you’re still having issues (like whining, not wanting to do their work, being resistant, etc.) with your children at home during school time, snag my 3 Parenting Hacks at to download your guide to easy strategies for helping improve behavior. And if you need some strategies with a little more meat, check out my Regain Control course. It’s filled with specific easy-to-use strategies to help you manage and decrease those behaviors and enjoy time with your kids again. Check it out at

Remember, I’ve got your back. I’m here to support you.

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