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8/03/2021

ROUTINES

Let’s talk about routines!

Like adults, routines are SO helpful for kids. When kids are in school, their entire day is mapped out for them. Having a routine at home can be helpful to keep things running smoothly. 

However, this does not mean having every second of their day planned! Tips listed below:

Very rarely are two days the same, but often we do the same routines a few times a week. For example, maybe your child has swimming 3 days a week. Have a specific routine that goes with your swimming day. That way, on swimming days you and your kiddo can settle into a known routine and it’s not something new each time. 

I’ve outlined one example below of a summertime routine. It’s very broad, but a good starting point. The first one has the activity & the success tips. The second table has the activity & what pictures I’d use. If you want more information – just ask me! Send me an email or comment below. 

Things to include in your summer routines:

  • Transition time
  • Free/choice time
  • Named quality time together

Tips for success with routines:

  • Consistency
  • Clear expectations ahead of time
  • Keep it simple
  • Use pictures!

Screen time:

  • Screen time can be super valuable and a necessary tool for you!
  • Sandwich it between desired activities
  • Make it a win-win so that it’s used when you want to get other things done. 
  • From ages 2-5 the max recommendation is 1 hour per day. **I highly recommend breaking this up into time frames of 20 minutes. 
SUBJECTINCLUDES/SUCCESS TIPS
Good morningHave 3 pictures to show what’s expected every morning when your kiddo wakes up. Pick the place together 
Morning quiet timeBooks. Best not to start the day with screens. 
SnackInclude them in the clean up process. Have them be responsible for tidying their space and putting dishes and utensils away. 
Morning play timeSet clear expectations from the beginning. Which toys are ok? How long is play time today? What time reminder will be given? (i.e. 10 minutes left) Will you use a timer?Clean up time: set expectations
LunchSame as snack. Give them responsibility here!
Afternoon quiet timeColoring, crafting or reading. Clear expectations from the beginning. Clear timeframe. 
Afternoon snackSame as morning snack tips.
Screen time 20-30 minsDon’t make this a big deal. It’s simply the next thing on the list. Screen time will only be a big deal to them if you make it a big deal. Yes, they might LOVE it, and that’s okay, let them be stoked about it. It’s a hot topic for parents, not for kids, so don’t make it their concern 🙂
Afternoon play timeSet clear expectations from the beginning. Which toys are ok? How long is play time today? What time reminder will be given? (i.e. 10 minutes left) Will you use a timer? Clean up time expectations? 
DinnerHow can they be helpful? Some nights include them in the cooking process. Others have them pick an independent activity to do while you’re cooking. Let them have practice doing both because you need them to do both as well.
Named quality timeCall this “mommy/daddy & ___’s time.” This will really pay off down the road as they move farther along in school. This builds so much trust and a strong foundation for them to feel comfortable talking to you. 
BedtimeUse pictures and have it be the same routine every night!
SUBJECTPicture 1Picture 2Picture 3
Good morning
Picture of them brushing their teeth
Picture of their bed madeTake a picture of where you want them to go when done with 1 & 2
Morning quiet timePicture of location Picture of what it looks like when done rightPicture of what it looks like when cleaned up
Morning SnackPicture of what it looks like when they’re ready to eatPicture of what it looks like to eat appropriately Picture of what it looks like when they are cleaning up
Morning play timePicture of what’s ok to play withTimerPicture of what it looks like when “all done” and cleaned up
LunchPicture of what it looks like when they’re ready to eatPicture of what it looks like to eat appropriately Picture of what it looks like when they are cleaning up
Afternoon quiet timePicture of location Picture of what it looks like when done rightPicture of what it looks like when cleaned up
Afternoon snackPicture of what it looks like when they’re ready to eatPicture of what it looks like to eat appropriately Picture of what it looks like when they are cleaning up
Screen time 20-30 minsPicture of location Picture of what it looks like when done rightPicture of what it looks like when all done
Afternoon play timePicture of what’s ok to play withTimerPicture of what it looks like when “all done” and cleaned up
DinnerPicture of what it looks like when they’re ready to eatPicture of what it looks like to eat appropriately Picture of what it looks like when they are cleaning up
Named quality timePicture of location (this might include options)TimerPicture of what it looks like when all done
BedtimeStep 1Step 2Step 3

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