Finding a routine
Now that we have discussed how important a routine is the way in which you begin to establish one plays a huge role. If you go from to routine to a strict routine the transition can be jarring but once the routine is established small changes to the routine can be made easily.
For me I have always been a routine oriented person I love schedule and I live by my planner. Changes in routine through me off, hence why this sudden snow day is not my cup of tea. Although we don’t follow a ridged routine we have our daily sequence of events and there are aspects of our day that happen at the same time everyday no matter what. For us we have nap time beginning at noon and dinner at five and then we start our nighttime wind down at seven thirty. From there we fill in our gaps. We don’t have a scheduled breakfast or lunch time because as any parent knows a hangry child is not a fun child.
To help you establish a routine that works for your family I suggest a list be made of the consistent activities that take place on a daily basis in your household and the general time these occur. From there I encourage you to fill in any spaces with other activities you enjoy doing and want to incorporate into your daily routine.
Although routines can be daunting at times having one makes life run smoothly. Helps you as a parent stay organized and know what to expect. Helps your child gain independence and be prepared and more flexible when adaptations need to be made.
If you need help creating a schedule for your family please comment below. I’d love to help!