Routines for Small Children

Samantha - posted on 10/22/2013 ( 1 mom has responded )




Hello out there Mommies! I have a question for all of you. I'm trying to implement a routine for my very active 4 year old son. We get up, have breakfast, brush teeth, feed animals, have playtime, clean up time, get ready for school and much more! He goes to a special pre-school (as he has a speech delay which causes behavioral issues) for 3 hours a day, has quiet time when he gets home, then helps his sister with her chores. He also helps me cook dinner. Then it's a bit of down time, shower, teethbrush, story, then finally bed. I'm not trying to micro-manage our time, but I am a stay-at-home/college mommy, and it is extremely beneficial for my son to have a set routine; this way he knows what to expect/what is expected from him, for him that equals security. my question to you is what else would you add? We can be very efficient when we follow a schedule, and that leaves us with a little extra time between activities that I do not want to spend sitting around and watching t.v. or something. Please keep in mind this is a VERY active 4 year old and has the attention span of a goldfish. I guess I'm not looking for activities, but maybe things he could be involved with/take responsibility for (he already picks his clothes for school/snacks, etc.) Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!


Rebekah - posted on 10/22/2013




I think routines are definitely good, but I don't know that every minute needs to be accounted for, for most children. I don't know that you really need to add anything else in particular. It sounds like you have a mixture of play, chores, school, rest, etc. What has you wondering what to do? If its gaps in the schedule, then maybe just let those gaps be free time where he can make some choices about what he would like to do. I'm sure he has an assortment of toys that he can do some imaginative play with, or art supplies or books to look at, which should be fine for those in-between times that aren't otherwise spoken for. I come from the perspective of a mother of an only child, who would enjoy if I spent every minute with him. However, I know that he needs to develop skills to entertain himself, so I need to step back and give him opportunities to do that. I don't know if you feel that applies to your situation, but consider it as an option.

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