Wrapping Up Routines

graphic reading "Little Joy Map"

Well, it is now officially February which means I am finishing up my routines posts and moving on to what may be my favorite topic of all time–sleep. I’ll finish routines up by sharing some of the things I’ve learned this month.

  1. Establishing routines with your kids does actually make you feel more competent and happy.
  2. If I had to start one routine, I’d focus on whatever part of the day was the hardest.
  3. Establishing one good routine can make the rest of your day fall into place.
  4. A routine is not the same as a schedule! Schedules have times–routines are just a predictable series of activities. Schedules are more stressful than routines.
  5. Strangely, your children will sleep better at night after you establish a routine. My twins were still waking up pretty regularly before I implementing our routine. Now? It’s rare and when they do wake up, they usually go back to sleep before anyone needs to intervene. Score!

In short, I definitely think routines are worth working on. You don’t need to hyper schedule every second, but having a general flow for the day can definitely work to your advantage.

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  1. Yes exactly!

  2. I totally agree! I love our routines! Need a couple of more for our mornings at home, but I do like the ones we have. And my boys do too.

  3. I struggle soooo much with routines. What’s worse is that I feel an amazing amount of guilt because I know that for children in general routines are important, but for special needs children, they are crucial. My daughter has a rare chromosome disorder and my lack of routine impacts her so much. Just about the only three things I have down pat that happen in direct correlation to another event. Brushing her teeth, taking her medicine, and I am VERY good about her therapy schedule (this is not the case with school though). Other than that, I totally fail. Every time I set out to try again I do fine for about a week and then something happens (sickness or something else that hurts routine) and everything falls apart and it is worse than before. Arrrgghhh…… Anyone have any suggestions?

  4. Katie, thank you so much for getting the ball rolling on routines for me this year! You are right, I feel more happy and competent. I started a nighttime routine where *I* went to bed earlier and now I wake up an hour or 2 before the kids. I’ve managed to refinance our house and get many big things done with those 2 hours a day. I used to think waking up early was a false virtue–what does it matter if you get your work done day or night?! I was wrong. With kids it totally matters because in the AM you are not decision fatigued, so those hours are more valuable. Thank you!

    PS – My own blogging went by the wayside since at night was when I blogged, but I hope to add that back in soon. I’m aiming for good enough, not perfect. :)