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10 New Year’s Resolutions with Young Children: #5 Routines

If there’s one new year’s resolution that fails first, it’s probably routines, because it seems so limiting, but routines are a form of security for kids and for adults. When leaving instructions for the sitter, parents try and make sure they have included the details about the routines. Kids feel more comfortable with the same routine. The same is true for adults. When a routine is disrupted, it causes stress, and in times of crisis, it`s often a priority to reestablish a routine. While we like surprises and spontaneity, it`s no wonder having a good routine is a new year`s resolution.

new year's resolution routine for kidsA good routine for kids likely includes getting up with enough time so the morning isn`t rushed, eating nutritious meals, having time for play and outside fun, an appropriate bedtime for enough sleep, and being organized for the day. Children`s sense of time is still developing and, in some places, night arrives almost in the afternoon in the winter. When kids wake up they want it to be morning, no matter what time it is. Clocks that change color for day and night can be very helpful. When the sun shows on the clock, it`s time to get up.

new year's resolution routine for kidsStories and books are good resources to help kids with routines. Llama llama, wakey wakey, by Anna Dewdney starts the day with wiggles and shakes. The Morning Grumblies: A Book About Waking up Grumpy, by Beau Blackwell might need to be read by some grownups. There are books about getting dressed like Getting Dressed is Fun by Helmut Spanner, but don`t put clothes on like teddy bear–or this daddy. Sometimes, kids like to have a series of pictures that show what to do. Check on line for some colorful printable ones or you can make your own.

Despite their reputation, routines will be a factor in our entire lives. They aid in setting our biological clocks, lower stress, provide a sense of security, and support healthy relationships. Kids need routines emotionally, as well as physically. Is routine one of your new year`s resolutions?

What Makes Childhood Magical? #20 Routine vs Surprise

The Magic of Both Routine and Surprise Life with kids can feel like a teeter-totter with all its ups and downs. In a way, that’s part of the magic. And parents needs to be magicians to balance both routine and surprise. Grownups think of routine as humdrum, a rut, stale, and boring but to childrenContinue Reading

Kindergarten Readiness: Routines Help Kids Connect

Today, as I watched some brand new kindergarten kids, I was reminded of the importance of routines and how they can help kindergarten readiness. For both drop-off and pick-up times, the kids lined up along the wall and waited for either their teacher or their parents. Not only were the parents there, but there wereContinue Reading

Kindergarten Readiness and Summer Vacation Routines

Now that summer is here, kindergarten readiness can be part of summer vacation. Although children younger than 5 years old are not even in school, it seems like they are on vacation too. Timetables and routines become more relaxed and bedtime cane be later. Having a more flexible and fluid routine is one of theContinue Reading

10 Tips for Helping Kids Start Kindergarten: #1 Routine

In many places, school will start right after Labor Day and some children will start kindergarten. Starting school for the very first time can be exciting and scary. There are things you can do at home to help with kindergarten readiness and to get your child off to a good start. One of the bestContinue Reading

Kindergarten Readiness – Learning/Thinking Strategies #16

Reading, ‘riting and ‘rithmetic may be the 3 R’s but there is another R that is especially helpful for young children and kindergarten Readiness: Routines. Yes, routines is an important learning and thinking strategy. I will admit that I’m not greatly fond of having routines. ‘Whatever’ or ‘whenever’ are words I use often. But I’ve hadContinue Reading

Readiness for Kindergarten – Tidy-Up Time at Christmas

While I don’t usually take down the Christmas tree this early, last night it fell over and decorations flew all over the room. Thank heavens that’s never happened before. My husband said it was all because it was a wild tree and was trying to escape. I didn’t feel much better but Lee giggled. However,Continue Reading

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