Thursday, May 15, 2008

Routines

Last night I was speaking to my husband about MommyFest and how I am trying to make my posts for this week helpful and informative, and easily commented on (for the contest) and he suggested talking about the boys routines. I was like well maybe and not 5 minutes later I am going through my sons preschool orientation packet and there is a whole page on routines. So here I go.

A routine is an event that is completed on a regular basis, frequently involving a series of responses.

        • Schedule and routines are important because
          • They influence a child's emotional, cognitive and social development
          • They help children feel secure and comfortable
          • They help children understand the expectations of the environment
          • They help reduce the frequency of behavior problems
          • They can result in higher rates of child engagment
We have set up a very easy routine for nap and bedtime that are very similar and works well for use. I don't think details will help you , everyone is different - we read stories - but you could sing, cuddle, talk whatever works for you and your child. I think the important things are they remain as consistant as possible, sometimes babysitters think we are a little overboard with making sure they know the "routine" and follow it, but we rarely have problems with bedtime this way.
        • Remember:
          • A schedule that is followed consistently helps make settings more predictable for children and adults.
          • When planning activity scheduless, caregivers should consider the balance of activites
          • Longer play periods can result in higher levels of play behavior
          • There should be times when children are given a choice of activities
Do you have a good routine set up, or do you have any advice for routines?????






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5 comments:

Twinklescrapbooks said...

I need a routine! My son is 3 and we still are not on a daily schedule! LOL
:) tina

Kelley said...

We have a pretty good bed routine....I find it helps to get him in the mood for sleep...I find that anytime we have to cut short the routine, those are the nights that he is up every few minutes... stalling bedtime.

We play for a few minutes- he is sooo into trasnformers and usually wants me to transform something with/for him
Then we will get into PJs, brush, his teeth and read a story or 2..
then lights out and we will rock. This is the quite talk time...it is ususally the time when I can alos get most out of him, good or bed. It seems that after he has said his peace, he can go to sleep.

greatsite!

Katie said...

I started doing meal planning so that I only have to go to the store once a week to pick up what I need for that week. It has also helped me know what I am making that morning instead of trying to figure something out when my hubby is walking through the door. So it frees up my time during the day to get things done.
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Katie said...

My boys live with their Dad during the school year, so my goal right now is creating a routine for myself! It works just as well for adults as it does for kids. The important thing is to adjust it until it works and then just stick with it until it becomes habit.

Leslie said...

Hey! Just stopping by from MommyFest.

We do sorta have a routine. We started when my daughter was a few months old. We made sure that bath time, story time and bed time were always the same every night, but let everything else through the day fall into place.

She is now 20 mo old and we still stick by that routine. We have never had a problem getting her to bed and I truly believe it's because we stuck to it.

 

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