Monday, 17 September 2018

CREATING A DAILY ROUTINE FOR YOUR KIDS

OUR TODDLER'S ACTIVITY CHART


Creating a Daily Activity Chart for Our Kid

THE BENEFITS OF HAVING A ROUTINE

Oftentimes, people say routines are for boring people.  It is confining and not exciting.  Life should be spontaneous.  That may be the case for some people and we will not argue with that.  But for a child who is still learning new things where everything is foreign and unfamiliar, establishing good habits is essential for their growth and well-being.


Routines give kids a sense of familiarity.

Though sometimes, children will often explore due to curiosity, they will always come back to something that they are more familiar with.  In learning, consistency is key in order to develop good habits.  Practice makes perfect.  if you do something over and over again, so familiar that you can do it with your eyes closed you will not only be good but great at it.

Routines give them a sense of security.

Children feel more comfortable in an environment in which they are already acquainted with.  It lessens anxiety and tantrums knowing exactly what to expect in a certain situation.

Routines give children a sense accomplishment.

Developing a routine makes a child feel more purposeful having achieved something for the day.  It boosts their confidence knowing that they have completed their tasks appropriately.

Routines keep everything organized.

Having a routine makes life easier both for parents and for kids, knowing what to do next.,  It can make life a little less stressful if everything is black and white and well structured.  it develops good habits which they can take and apply later in life.  It also makes parenting more manageable.

Routines set clear boundaries.

Knowing what and what not to do keep everything simple.  It develops self-discipline.  It makes kids more focused on what needs to be done to accomplish their goals even if they do not want to do it.

Benefits of Having a Routine

ESTABLISHING GOOD HABITS

Now that we know the benefits of having a daily routine for our children, how do we develop a routine?  It starts with, just like everything else in life, PLANNING.  You need to observe everything, from the moment your kids wake up to the time they go to sleep.  What do they do?  What do they enjoy doing?  Is there a certain pattern in your current daily activities?  Write everything down, all your thoughts and your observations.  Once you have done that, think and ponder.  What are you lacking?  Is there a time during the day that your kids get bored?  Is your house currently a mess due to lack of structure?  What activities can you do during those times?  Think of small achievable goals your child can easily do.

Establish Good Habits

ENCOURAGING YOUR CHILD TO PARTICIPATE

Here comes the fun part.  How do we make them do something even if they do not feel like it?  We need to encourage them, of course.  In order to stimulate our kids, we give them a REWARD.  It is like putting a path of breadcrumbs for chickens to peck in order for them to follow you.  It is like planting a seed and watering it to grow.  Rewards come in many different forms, but the kind of reward that I choose to give is not the material one, as they are almost always instantly forgotten.  I am talking about small tokens, stickers, or visual representations of a job well done.

Encourage Your Child to Participate

THE ACTIVITY CHART

An activity chart is a very simple method to track your child's activities, helping them to develop a routine, and at the same time, give rewards.  Making an activity chart is fairly easy.  The first thing to do is to identify the tasks.  What does your child do day in and day out?  Remember, every activity chart will be different.  it depends on your schedule and household setting.  Please use our chart as a guide to help formulate one that works best for both you, parents, and your children.

The Tasks.

For my toddler's chart, I have divided it into three categories.  You could use just one or two, but I decided to make one that will cover his whole day's worth of activities.  As a child who is already going to school, I made part one which is the morning routine, the second part which is the after-school routine, and the last one which is the night-time or bedtime routine.

DAILY
MORNING ROUTINE: 
Wash face
Brush teeth
Eat breakfast
Get dressed
-----School-----

AFTER SCHOOL ROUTINE:
Drink vitamins
Take a shower
Eat lunch
Nap
Do homework
-----Play-----

NIGHT-TIME ROUTINE:
Eat  dinner
Clean up toys
Pack school bag
Bubbles/shower
Brush teeth
Read a book with mama or papa
Pray
-----Sleep-----

BONUS! DO THESE AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK
Water plants
Pick up dirty clothes and put in the hamper
Clean the dining table
Wash own plate after a meal
Make bed
Walk/play with the dog

The Chart.

I have created a daily routine chart below.  This is only a sample routine we implement in our household.  Our child is a toddler who goes to school for two hours a day every morning then spends the rest of the day at home.  Keep in mind that each chart may differ from the others depending on your child's needs and your family's lifestyle.

Sample Routine Activity Chart

How It Works.

Okay, so here is how the system works.  For every task, there are corresponding stars for each day of the week.  Once, the task gets done, my kid gets a star.  The goal is to have all of the stars colored for each task every week.  Once all of them are complete and colored, by the end of the week, we will have an assessment and my child gets to choose a reward.  it can be something as small as choosing a movie to watch, a new book to read, a small toy with a limited budget that he gets to choose at the store, playing a little longer than usual, going to the outdoor playground, or choosing what restaurant we will eat at after church, those little things.

Mommy Tips.

Tip #1:  Acknowledge.  Give/color the star immediately after the task is done.  It boosts their confidence and makes them eager to do more.

Tip #2:  Praise your child.  Give credit where credit is due.  Address that the task is done correctly.  Tell your child, "Good job" or "I really like that you <insert task here>; it makes mommy happy"  or "I am so proud of what you did."

Tip #3:  Give small rewards.  Money and material things are not encouraged.  Instead, I find that fun activities will make them remember more about the reward, thus the completion of activities.  Though you make shell out a bit of money, you can bring your child to a local park, play basketball and then have ice cream later or you can have a picnic and even make your kids help to prepare.

Tip #4:  Do not be so hard on your kid.  Parents should be patient in order for this to work.  Being angry and disappointed does not help your kids.  Try to stay positive even if your child does not earn a star.  Encourage your kid to do better next time.

Tip #5:  Practice makes perfect.  It is okay to make errors.  Do not scold your child when he or she does not get the tasks done correctly.  Help your kids understand the task, show them how to do it properly, and remind your children to remember to do it right the next time.
CREATING A DAILY ROUTINE FOR YOUR KIDS

Got any tips to help us mommies?  Please comment below.  I am curious to know what your techniques are.

29 comments:

  1. You're totally right. Routines has been very helpful to me and they keep me sane. I should try some of those practices above for a change. Cheers!

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  2. Settling into a routine is beneficial to both parents and child. I credit our routine for our more hours of sleep and less tantrums of our son. Having a routine is hard to do at first but once achieved, its so worth it. Great idea with the activity chart making tasks organize and checking each gives a sense of accomplishment. Cool design too��

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  3. When I tried to have routine, Isobelle get mad whenever the routine is slightly ruined like we cannot do that same as before. So I abandon routine activities for my LO and we just go with the flow. Maybe routine will work for us once we get into school.

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  4. My son and I stick to a routine that's quite similar to yours. However, ours has more study and less play for my little man - save for weekends when I he's not required to study unless exams are coming up. :)

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  5. I am homeschooling and love our routine! I always start a routine as soon as my babies are born. Haha. It helps us all keep our sanity! :)

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  6. These are great because these affect how well your child is able to sleep and eat, these items should come first. ... This helps them wind down and feel ready to sleep.

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  7. Ya thanks dear. Your routine is really helpful. I will test some with my stubborn son

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  8. I am not a mother yet, but your information is helpful because I work with children, now I know how to advise for the mothers :)

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  9. I've never realized how important it is to create routines for kids. I will follow your tips step by step. Hopefully the results will be great!

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  10. Lots of very important point raised here - routine is ultimately so good for children, makes them feel safe and secure. I used to work for a parenting service so know you're onto a winning list here!

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  11. This is a really good post for all parents out there. I don't have kids but enjoyed reading the post.

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  12. Having an activity chart is a great idea. One of my closest friends has one for her little ones and she swears by it.

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  13. Every summer, we always make sure that everyone in the house including kids has a daily routine. So from them, they will get use to it and will make it a habit each day.

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  14. We don't have kids, but I love soaking up wisdom like this from parents for someday down the road when my husband and I decide to start a family!

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  15. I don't have children, but I do thing that routines are important for kids. My niece has a one-year-old and I'm going to pass this post on to her.

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  16. I don't have children yet. But this was very informational. I will definitely pass this along to my friends and sisters who have kids.

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  17. I don’t have kiddos but adopting a routine early will be so helpful when that time comes!! It helps getting so much!!!

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  18. I love routines and so do my kids! However, since school started we don't have the best routine yet. I need to work on that. Thank you for these tips!

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  19. This is a great idea, creating a routine for your kids is always so important, thanks for sharing!

    ~xo Sheree
    poshclassymom.com

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  20. Great tips here - so important to create a routine for kids - reading, bath time and bedtime seems to work!

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  21. I love this idea! I want to create something like this for my toddler.

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  22. I don't have any kids yet but I babysit my friends kids...I will share this post with her.

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  23. So important for kids to have a routine! If they don't, they'll drive you crazy xd

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  24. I don't have children so I didn't know about the importance of a routine. Your post was very interesting, I will share it with a friend who has a baby.

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  25. Well I personally feel that extremes of anything makes it boring, but yes the kids should be accustomed to some routine activities like the story books or painting ... but it should not pose any burden whatsoever.

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  26. I have two kids and since my elder became 2 years old we already set up a routine that we always follow until now that I have my 2nd baby and it''s really good because it helps my child more responsible in everything.

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  27. It is so important to have a daily routine in a certain household by having that kids become more responsible and discipline from themselves.

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  28. My little one is only 9 months. To think I have ways to go before she's a toddler. But time will fly by. I just know it.

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  29. This is a great idea for parents - thank you so much for sharing. Saving xx

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