Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Routines and other things

This photo goes out to all the parents in 49 states
that have had snow!
After big snow and ice events in the Southeast, Plains, and Midwest last week, 49 out of the 50 states currently have snow on the ground –  yes, even Hawaii, where snow falls in Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea all winter.  Here in the Copper Country we cheer for our Tree House Indoor playground!
Last night during a parenting class I was reminded about how important routines are for toddlers. While I preach this as one of the hallmarks of good parenting. It is important to remember and review why are they so important  and the value that they hold.
First of all, toddlers crave them. Also, routines help young children organize their brain, help them anticipate what will happen next and  routines help create a sense of predictability and safety. And lastly, routines help parents out, it gives you a structure to help you stay the course. This is especially useful when you are tired, stressed and feeling frustrated.

Routines at bedtime, mealtime, and in the morning can be very effective.A Hello and Goodby routine can help with transitions.  If you have any special rountines to share that works well with your children please feel free to post them here.

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