I, like many moms, thrive on routines and schedules. No two moms are exactly alike, so some moms may enjoy a more-structured routine than others. There is beauty in a mother’s day, no matter how it is set up! Our last post by Krissy had such on-point tips to make sure we, as moms, are thriving and being the happiest mom we can be; and today’s post is something that science says is key for kids happiness! … Both posts spill over into the other’s happiness, ’cause you know: “If momma aint happy, no one’s happy!” AND, “If the toddler aint happy, no one aint happy!” as well!
Daily Routines Are Necessary
You know that feeling when things are just too crazy at your house and you need more structure and stability? You’re desperate for a daily routine that is:
- Doable for you and your kids! It includes activities you’d really like to do everyday and can do everyday.
- Understood by your kids (hint: you’ll probably need something visual!)
If you’re like me, you think about how you want to structure the day better for a while, and then research, and plan, and find visual aids to help with a new system, and… the bottom line is this:
Everywhere we turn, research reminds us that routines are indeed, so beneficial for kids developement. “Routines are good. Routines are effective. Routines are adaptive. As a rule of thumb… parents of infants and toddlers should use bedtime, mealtime, and other daily routines.” Source: from Psychology Today
So Let’s Make it Happen!
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Our amazing designer, Tiffaynee, created these adorable printable routine charts for little ones! She posted them in the Positive Parenting Solutions “Gold” Facebook group and everyone FLOCKED to them. They are cute, age-appropriate visually, and they have an added bonus! These charts use one of the tools from Positive Parenting Solutions E-course (an online course that both Tiffaynee and I love!) The tool is: “When, Then.”
“When, Then” Tool
The “When, Then” tool is a phrase that really diffuses power struggles with kids. As I was writing this paragraph, my three year-old came up to me and asked, “Can we play with play dough?” I used a “When, Then” phrase and bam! We’re both happy! I replied with a smile, “Sure! When you’ve cleaned up your quiet time toys, then we’ll get out the play dough.” A few minutes later I asked the three year old, “Are your quiet time toys all put away?” They sure were! Organized and put back in the closet. Yippee!!! Some other examples: “When we’ve carried over all the dishes and cleaned up the toys in the living room, then we’ll have dessert.” “When you’ve finished your homework, then you can play with a friend.” “When you’ve saved X amount of money, then you can buy X”. Or another one I happened to use today: “When you’ve put your bike back in the garage, then we can watch The Letter Factory.” If I would’ve asked my kids to put their bikes in the garage any other way, I can almost guarantee you that they would have groaned, complained and fought back. But I can happily say that they just ran out and got their bikes without a word! Amy McCready has a whole video (1 of her 42 course videos) with specific things you can do to make this tool effective in your own home!
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We’re so glad we were introduced to this program. We’d highly recommend checking it out!
Schedules and routines are vital for a happy home- we hope our printables help a few of you (or a lot!) to get to a good spot!
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We love you moms, and you are doing a great job!