Being a single parent can be stressful, you want be the best you can be for your child. But sometimes managing both your and their schedules can be difficult. You want your child to be disciplined, not doing whatever they please to do at anytime. So creating a daily routine for your child will help you both stay organized. Also, having a daily routine for your child allows them to follow and do all the things they want to do alongside all of the things that you want to do. So here are a few suggestions when creating a daily routine for your kids.
When making a daily routine you don’t want to simply write down things that need to be done, make it descriptive and clear. Start from the moment they wake up ending with the moment they sleep. You don’t want to leave holes, because doing so gives the kids an excuse to use it as a leeway to doing something else. So nice a clear rules on what to do and when to do it.
You don’t want to have your kids following the same routine all the time. Switch it up. That can mean changing times for doing their homework with the time they play video games. You could have them have some fun then study or vice versa. You still want to have a certain order to it though. So, you can do a daily routine, Sunday-Saturday where each day has a different routine, but that is what you stick to. Or you can do a weekly routine where you change it up every week. Children don’t have a very high attention span and tend to get bored very easily, so you don’t want to have repeating routines.
Everyone once in a while add in a surprise factor. Lets say they have been doing their given work and chores properly, give them a surprise ice-cream party where you take them out to get their favorite ice-cream, or give them an extra 15-20 minutes to play outside, watch their favorite show, or play a video game. Doing this will keep your children in order, knowing that presenting good behavior will lead them to receiving something extra will make them more willing to do everything on-time, consistently and orderly. On the contrary, you do not want to do this so often that it looses the effect that it has on them, remember, the “surprise” how little or big it many be, is supposed to serve as a reward for doing what they are supposed to, so if you do it everyday or every other day it will loose what it was meant to represent. Switch it around, where you are doing it every Monday or every Friday.
A part of being a mother is understanding your children, so if what you have doesn’t feel okay with them discuss why not and be willing to change things around. You don’t want to be a dictator and suppress your child’s creative thinking. If he/she would rather do one thing over another allow them to do it.
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