Emily - posted on 02/24/2010 ( 33 moms have responded )
Does anyone else cringe when they hear people talking about schedules, or is it just me?
On lots of other boards I see moms talking about and asking about what schedules people have their babies on... and then people list these long daily schedules down to the minute. Seriously???
I've never been a schedule person.. I feed my baby when she's hungry and put her to bed when she's tired. Now my 3-year-old generally eats at our regular meal times, but I think that's a bit different. Even he does not have a "bedtime." I put him to bed when he's tired. Is it really *that* hard to read kids' cues? I guess I'll just never understand being a slave to the clock.
I also don't get when people make this statement (I hear it everywhere): "Kids thrive on schedules and predictability.. they like the security of knowing what's coming next." I can't tell you how many times I've heard this. I dunno.. but my 3-year-old has never been on a schedule and doesn't seem to be all insecure and confused like some people would like me to believe. He doesn't need me to tell him what to do next. He's secure because I support what his needs are... not because I force him to do the same thing at the same time every day. It just seems like his creativity would be squashed if I forced him into a schedule. He's such a creative and independent kid, I think partially because I allow him to explore and grow on his own rather than forcing him to be a certain way.
Am I alone in this?
p.s. thank you for letting me vent... this is the only board where I feel safe talking about this! I feel so alone on my daughter's birth board.