HELP! I need a set schedule for my children.

Teandra - posted on 02/16/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I have two year old twins and a 8 month old. They have never been on a schedule. I pretty much go with the flow. Everyone are on different schedules. It has been really stressful and hectic at time. What can I do?

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Wendy - posted on 02/17/2010

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I hear ya! My twins are 4 now and I also have a 10 year old. I went with the flow for the first 2-3 years. I still do sometimes. I got lots of puzzles which they love to do! If they wouldn't nap, I taught them to at least have quiet time which seems to work well. Even at bed time if they fight sleeping I tell them to at least stay in bed and look at a story. As for a schedule, we get up have breakfast and get dressed. I tell them no playing until this is done; otherwise we'd never eat or be dressed. LOL Then it's puzzle time, learning time or I plan story time at the library. We have lunch, I tell them they have a few minutes then it's nap time. After nap it's pretty much free time so I can get some stuff done before dinner. Sometimes I don't get stuff done because my twins are so completely different they tend to get along sometimes but most other times they clash and don't get along. Find something each of them enjoy separately. Maybe fit an outside walk in the day. I can't do this half of the year because of where we live. I do know the days we stay on schedule tend to be less hectic. good luck

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Shaina - posted on 02/16/2010

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wow! I only have 1 child so I dont know exactly what you are going through, but when my son was younger every day was different but all bad. He NEVER wanted to go to sleep and it was hours of fighting until hed finally give in. I tried to just set up a routine but he didnt like it at all. What we found that helped a LOT is keep a sort of journal. I wrote down when he ate, slept, played, good moods, bad ones, everything. After a few days I noticed the pattern that HE had and I went with it. From that we started to get him into his routine and we stick to it. It works SO well. My inlaws thought that I was crazy keeping track of everything and sticking to his routine until they did what they wanted and didnt follow it when they were watching him and all hell broke loose. lol. I would look at what the twins are doing and then your baby and see if you can tweek different thing so that it fits together better. I hope that helps. Good luck!

Vicki - posted on 02/16/2010

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First u need to figure out what your personal schedule is.Make out your own schedule and Goals with times first, then u can figure out when u want nap to be, breakfast, lunch, dinner and bedtime, storytime, and you time! If you have cleaning to do, find a movie for the twins to watch that they really like, give them 10 mins to watch while you prepare something,(Like the dishwasher or sorting clothes,etc. Even let them help out! Remember to start off with small times and gradually move up. But with bedtime u have to be persistant! Anything you do for 7 times becomes habit forming!! That's just a few ides that worked for me!

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