Our favorite topics are those of our children. These beautiful little creatures that suddenly come into our lives and change us completely. These creatures for which we have been responsible for many, many years. And we have so much to show them, so much to learn !!!
They come into our lives and make us create a new routine for their lives (and ours of course !!!). From the hours we breastfeed them to the least of their daily lives.
There are many who question the value of the routine. But when we say that an infant should eat every 3 hours, is this really not a routine? A routine for infants themselves, but also for moms? The truth, then, is that kids are very fond of the routine from their infancy.
An infant has gone through a process of planning his daily life and this is something that gives him great confidence and security. He knows he will cry, or suck his fingers, or a toy to ask for his milk because he has realized that this is his way of communicating and how to get what he needs right now. Then he knows that the affectionate embrace will follow with the wonderful buzz until it flows. Then, at a very young age, he will be sleepy or a little older to play. He will hear his mom singing to him, he will do whatever it takes until the time comes to get his nap. All this is given to be his routine, his daily routine, his schedule. How confused it would be if a different flow were followed on a permanent basis!
In the planned environment an infant / child feels great security for his / her space, environment and for himself / herself. Still, his anxiety is reduced, because yes (!) they have also their own stress. Clearly, there will be many times when the routine needs to be diversified. But they realize the difference and so in the next few days / hours it is good to try to get back into our routine.
I often hear some people say “hey, they are not robots, they don’t need a schedule” and I wonder if anyone has ever talked to them about the importance of routine… After all, we are adults and we have a routine that makes us put our daily lives in order. We have our daily routine to rest, to do the housework, cooking, or children’s reading. So, why shouldn’t kids need their own routine? As soon as we get home from work, we need to rest, eat, do our jobs or everything we want. Those things makes us feel safe even if we don’t realize it. Let’s also not forget that most women on Saturday will go shopping for the week and clean the house. This is a schedule, isn’t it? So, what is the absurdity of helping our children get their own routine?
One can easily seek the advice of the experts who are best qualified to advise us. Daily scheduling is important. Personally, it helped me a lot with the procedures with the baby and with everything else I had to do as a housewife. As a mother and wife, it’s a piece of advice that I give to every new mother.
Let’s not forget that scheduling can also give parents more time to prepare food, work, play, or do activities with their child. Even for a bit of free time and rest, two things so important, that are unplanned, and their lack of them creates many problems!
Daily routine is very important to kids of every age. Infants and toddlers learn how things should be done and feel more secure and safe. Older kids create their own routine for their homework, activities and all the daily staff they have to do. Thus, as adults they can easily plan their work, housework. They will also learn to manage their time and have less stress.
Because things and knowledge are constantly evolving, it is advisable to broaden our horizons and accept that the routine helps all members of a family. What about children or infants? They have also their own needs, their own wants and their own insecurities. Let’s look at children with more tender, with more understanding of their needs. Let’s show them the way they form habits, their daily lives, and even when something changes and gets out of their routine we can show them how to get back to it.
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