Do you have a routine?

Katherine - posted on 09/08/2011 ( 11 moms have responded )

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Do you have a rigid routine with your kids or do you just kind of "do" it? Most of you know I have to live with my parents for unforeseen circumstances and my mother drives me NUTS with these rigid routines! I'm the mother right? Shouldn't *I* be doing this? Not her. She has taken over everything in my children's lives. She is a control freak and it drives me f'ing NUTS.

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Lady Heather - posted on 09/11/2011

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I've tried to keep a bit of a routine just for my own sanity. I have a tendency to be kind of forgetful. But it's not like wakeup at this time, eat breakfast 10 minutes later, brush teeth at 8:15 precisely kind of thing. Just a general order of things - wakeup whenever, eat, coffee and chat with sister/Freja's play time, unload dishwasher, head downstairs to put in some laundry, play in play room and bathroom cleanup, cook or bake (I make dinner in the morning now because pregnant me is too tired later on), lunch,some sort of crafty or art thing, stories and nap...If I don't do it in order, I forget to do important things. And I need to consult my weekly cleaning schedule or I wouldn't remember to do bloody anything.

Michelle - posted on 09/11/2011

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We sort have a routine. We have things that have to be done but I have a time window in which to do them. That way we are following a schedule but I'm allowing time for toddler mishaps. Some days it feels like chaos but we do technically follow a schedule. It's too crazy otherwise with 3 kids. Being flexible keeps me from losing my mind too.

Lissa - posted on 09/11/2011

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We have a routine, if we didn't life would be a mess. Saying that it isn't a "it's 5.30 we should be eating arghhhhhhh". It's more like we need these things done we have this much time, lets get to it.

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My son is only 12 months, so I follow his cues. But I imagine when he's older, there might be more need for a routine -- pre-school, toothbrushing, cleaning up after himself, and all that.

How does your mother control you? What is she strict about?

Nikki - posted on 09/11/2011

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Yes and no. I never set a routine but I have always worked off Issy's cues. She tends to set her own bedtime and I try and stick to it as much as possible. As far as everything else goes no, I have no routine, we eat when we are hungry, I clean when I have the time and when I feel like it. We just go with the flow. Being a SAHM I have no time restraints though, it maybe different if I was working.

Cindy - posted on 09/10/2011

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Only during the week. A.M. = breakfast, meds, brush teeth and get dressed. P.M. = dinner, meds, brush teeth, bath, pajamas.

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The girls were on a schedule from birth (not 100% rigid, but fairly consistent) and having two of them.... it's pretty much the only thing that got us through.

My son has never had a schedule. We just couldn't do it in the beginning and having to juggle him w/ 2 big sisters.... it just never worked out.

We do have a pretty set routine most days now though cuz w/ school, work, gymnastics, etc.... we have to. ;)

Kimberly - posted on 09/10/2011

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I didnt have one for the longest time but when I finally got my daughter sleeping through the night and off nursing I became more dependant on the routine that we had set to do this if that makes sense. Its not a crazy strict one but we do have to have naps during the day and bedtime is at 7 meals are kind of set out in time frames but I usually do it by when she wakes up. It helps both me and her to have one and as I work and other people babysit for me it makes it simpler for them to follow.

Stifler's - posted on 09/09/2011

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Mmm not really. I kind of do. I make sure they at least one of Renae's naps is at the same time as Logan's. I also put them both to bed at 7. But I don't like have a strict breakfast, etc. I just go with the flow. If I have to go out somewhere it usually would stuff things up with the routine so I don't have one.

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We don't have a rigid routine in our household, I am just kind of "do" it mom and my mother in law is like your mom, and she drives me nuts too. You are right because you are the mom and you should do things with your kids your own way.

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