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Why We Do Homework Before Play


Having raised three boys who are now 8, 18 and 24 we have done our fair share of trying different routines. The older 2 boys are my stepson’s who I have helped my husband raise for the past 12 years. The youngest is our son together so it has been years of homework, studying, all grade levels and playtime. Since the oldest was in middle school we would have them come home, get a quick snack and do homework. Any reading time was saved for bedtime. Then we would end with play until dinner and after dinner.

Our youngest is in the third grade and things did a shift this year on us. His school decided to do away with homework for grade 3. Instead they wanted to keep schoolwork at school and playtime and family time for home. I was actually very excited about this. I have talked to my son and told him that this won’t always be the case each year, but that this homework break won’t be without learning play. Although there is no homework, we were given 2 sets of log-ins for our 3rd graders- one is Typing Club and the other is an Online subject learn they do in class and can do at home too. So, I have him do those as ‘homework’ even though it is not required. It is fun learning though. This way play remains a motivator and a positive.


Even today he came home, grabbed a CLIF Kid Zbar® and logged onto his online learning. More important than practice or homework is having nutritious snacks available for him after school. He is starved when he gets home and dinner is not too far away. If I feed him to little he wants to keep snacking right up to dinner time and then he does not eat his meal. The CLIF Kid option gives him just the right amount of fullness and he is able to eat dinner later on. He will even eat it as he starts his work at home since they are portable snacks.


Having a routine is a positive all in itself, but a routine of homework before play works well for several reasons:

  • It instills the importance of schoolwork being a priority in their young lives
  • It gets the work out of the way so they can truly feel free the rest of the day
  • We stay organized as parents. While they do homework, we read go-home folders and sign or complete tasks from the school. It all goes in backpack and ready for the next day.
  • Our evenings stay on track-no lost time from showering or reading and bedtimes
  • It makes playtime feel like a reward- a positive.


When you decide to give schoolwork a place and get the kids used to a routine, they appreciate knowing the schedule for the night. Adding a nutritious snack is another great benefit to their growing mind and bodies. The CLIF Kid ZBars® that my son prefers also sends a message about the importance of play. CLIF Kid knows how difficult it is to fit playtime in around all the other activities back-to-school brings. By getting creative and establishing a routine, you’ll be sure your kids are healthy and thriving all year long. Eating these snacks means your child is getting nutritious snacks from organic ingredients. They are specially-crafted for kids’ developing taste buds and active lives.


The CLIF Kid Bar® come in several organic flavors. They are made with organic ingredients, are non-GMO and no HFCS or artificial ingredients. Hand them a snack, sit them down and get that homework out of the way so you can fit in scheduled active play time. Perhaps the weather keeps you indoors. You can pull out the board games like we do. It really takes the entire family to stay with a routine and you all benefit from it is multiple ways. Especially when the kids are motivated to get up and play.


What playtime activities does your child enjoy you participating in with them?


I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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sharon martin

I agree I think having a schedule so they know what to expect each day is really important otherwise you head into the murky waters of excuses and shock to their system. I love the name of the bar Goblin Chocolate Chip, I think that would be the one my son would choose!


Way back when I distinctly remember having to do any homework before being allowed out to play. Of course dinner was always at the same time and I had better be there for that!! Most of my friends had the same life!! I am still alive and and thriving–so I guess it didn’t do any harm!!

Rebecca Swenor

My kids used to love when I would take them to the play ground to play. We used to go for walks all the time too. CLIF Kid Bars do indeed make a great after school snack for the kids that is healthy. Thanks for sharing your experience.