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I have always heard that children do best with routines. So do I, I think!
Ever since my son was born, I’ve done my best to have set routines for our mornings and evenings (he goes to daycare M-F). Our routines look something like this:
I’m up and I do hair and makeup
I get my son up and changed (his Pull Up)
Start the coffee and get my son some apple juice (1/2 juice/1/2 water)
Make and eat breakfast (usually while I check email or blogs) and he’s allowed to bring a toy to
breakfast, but not dinner
Teeth brushed, dressed, and sunblock on
Then he gets to watch a show we have DVRed (I’ve created a verb here!) while I get finished getting
Then I come out, put on his shoes and we hit the road
When we get home from work and daycare, my son gets to watch a show while I make dinner (safer
for everyone involved)
We wash hands and eat, then my hubby cleans up
My son helps me put more dogfood in the dogs’ bowl
We do a variety of things until 7 pm: art projects, play trains, play on the computer (he’s great with the laptop mouse, bath, etc. Quality time stuff
7-hang out with dad while I shower
7:30 bedtime stories and sleep
It works great for us, and he seems to love the routine.
What kind of routines do have set that work for you?