Being a part of our daily routines is so important for our kids. The inspiration for this post really comes from being stuck inside all day. Our daily routines have become our highlights, Luckily, as early as a year old I started including Briana more and more into our daily routines and activities. As a stay at home mom, I wanted Briana to feel included in my daily routines. Such as; helping, having down time, activity time, and being outdoors are all stuff that I really enjoy myself as an adult. As she gets older it becomes a little easier and sometimes challenging to continue to do these things. So here are a few ideas for you to try.
CREATE A PROCESS
I noticed early on that Briana loves a process, so each time I want to share something new with her I create a process for doing that task and it makes it much easier for her to pick up on. Creating a process creates repetition and this helps her to be more willing to do it the same way again the next day. It’s also good to remember that processes change as they get older and they will develop new processes for doing certain things, and that’s ok too.
I like to choose keywords to indicate we are beginning a new task. For instance – I will say “Briana it’s time to go upstairs for story time.” And she will head right over to the stairs and wait for me there. By using the phrase “It’s time to” it tells her that we are doing something that is normally on our daily schedule to do. It’s a polite way of letting her know that it’s time to move on to something else. She responds well to this.
GIVE THEM OPTIONS
Although Briana loves a process, when there’s an activity that has options, I like to let her choose. Using the example of story time; Briana likes to choose the books she will be reading during that time, so I will ask her. “Briana what books would you like to read today?” Sometimes she will go and pick up the books or I will hold two of them and she will pick the one she likes. Briana doesn’t say no, yet but she definitely let’s me know which ones she wants with excitement or a grunt. Communication is key and I like that she can make a choice on her own.
LET THEM HELP
Briana is at a stage now that she likes to participate in the things I am doing as far as cooking, cleaning, folding laundry, etc. So, if I know I can watch her and she can help, then I will let her help me. For Instance, every morning Briana helps me prepare her breakfast, whether it’s oatmeal, waffles, or eggs, she likes to be a part of that process. It also helps her to get more excited about what she will be eating. It really gets her involved and I like that. She almost has her oatmeal process down perfectly.
The pictures in this post are of Briana and I watering our plants in the garden outside. Briana has a watering can and she follows me around to each plant to help me water, or just play with the water. This is a part of our daily routine that I really enjoy and being able to do that with her is such a blessing. We may have processes for a lot of things, but kids still need to be kids and play, so it’s also a good idea for you to become part of their routine as well. When I see she is playing in her kitchen set, I will join her, we will also take turns playing the xylophone, or building blocks etc…
During this time of quarantine, I am so grateful I started doing these things early on. Briana has a such a little independent spirit, which can sometimes turn into stubbornness, but we deal with it. I hope you are all finding ways to enjoy your time with your kids and spouses and that you can make it a positive time for the whole family. If you want to see more of our daily routines just follow me on Instagram @happygirlblog_ to see more. Click here for a fun toddler activity to try at home. Wishing you all a great day, stay home and stay safe.
The dress I am wearing here, and Briana’s top are handmade by me, and the animal print fabric is from Girl Charlee Fabrics. Girl Charlee has a great selection of knit fabrics you must check them out. I loved creating these mommy-n-me looks for us! Stay tuned for more.