Thursday, May 15, 2008


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????? (eToys Direct, Inc.)


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Every comment of value received during MommyFest will get 1 entry to the contest (don't forget the leave name and email information)
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At the end of MommyFest all entries will be placed in a hat and a name will be drawn for the winner. I will contact you via email to get shipping information. The prize will go out to the winner Saturday May 17, 2008. I will also post the winner on my blog the same, so check back at the end of the contest to see if you are the winner.
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