Sunday, January 14, 2007

Schedules Secure Their Lives

(Most) adults like to know what’s laid out for their day. Schedules provide a certain “security” for us. Kids are the same. If they know what’s coming, they’re easier to handle.

On a normal day in your routine life, you need to establish a set pattern. Getting all the basics in and leaving room for free play. If your child is raised with a consistent schedule, you’ll notice the difference in behavior almost instantly (*NOTE: schedule must be established and followed for some time before you get visible results.)

Whether you have a new born, a toddler or a preschooler, it’s never too early to start them on a routine. All you need to do is lay out the timings for what you must do each day (feed them, bathe them, play with them) and then add in the accessories that are a part of your natural lifestyle. Set out your day and organize your time so that you aren’t playing the role of a parent all day long. Everyone needs time off, so whether you pick up a magazine during their nap, or have a coffee with a friend during tumbling class, you need to establish patterns to make your life easier as well as theirs.

Now don’t get too stressed out if you can’t stick to your timing to the minute. It’s your life and it’s your day, so leave room for flexibility. Just chalk out something so you and your little one know what’s ahead.

Children who are raised with schedules grow up to be more organized and have more self control. These daily routines as children help them establish healthy living habits as adults.

That’s all for today! Coming up next…

Parenting may be a two person job, but the two people need to be on the same team.