Parent Tip of The Week: Routines

Published on Apr 20, 2020

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Despite our current circumstances, it's still important for children to have a daily routine. Regular routines and schedules give children a sense of safety and knowing what will happen next in their day. 

You might have seen many examples of color-coded schedules on social media. If something like that works for you, that is great! Keep it up! But if you have found these to be hard to stick to and make you feel more stressed out rather than organized, try to keep a few things in mind:

  • Be flexible with your routine, and if your child is old enough, include them in the planning.
  • Break the day into large chunks of time rather than hour by hour. For example, 
    • morning active time
    • lunch time
    • afternoon quiet time
  • As much as possible, keep routines you had in place before the stay-at-home order. For example, if you were in an afternoon preschool class, do learning activities in the afternoon.
  • Avoid over-scheduling. If you plan everything down to the minute, things will likely not stay on schedule, which can lead to stress about being behind. 

Every family is different! The most important thing to remember when creating routines is to set up something that works for your family.

Next week we will share ideas on how to balance schedules when you have more than one child.

We're Here For You

Remember, the ELS team is here to support you and want to hear from you! Please reach out to any of the following staff:

Emily Conigliaro, parent educator 952-681-6228
Eve Clarke, parent educator 952-681-6973
Sarah Sundberg Perry, parent educator para español, 952-681-6256
Debra Goebel, ECFE coordinator and parent educator 952-681-6257
Melissa Nesbitt, school psychologist 952-806-8940
Livia VanHorne, school social worker 952-806-8939