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Bringing Structure Back Into Your Day

Apr 15, 2020 09:32AM ● By The Hood Magazine
Most children thrive off of having some structure and routines. Before the Coronavirus pandemic hit, families had a flow that worked for them. Get up, get ready for work and school, head out the door, etc. While children were at school, they had routines they were required to follow from the first bell to the last.

It seems like overnight schedules and routines went out the window! While there definitely needed to be an adjustment period for everyone, there comes a time when we need to bring some of that structure back into our daily lives. 

Here are a some easy things you can do at home to add some "normalcy" back into our day-to-day routines.

 1. Bring back bedtime. For some, not having to get up early to get out of the house was/is a welcome perk to this whole thing. But with a little more slack in the morning, we tend to be much more lenient at night. If you've found your children's bedtime routine is now non-existent, try to bring it back. Children may not be as tired as they were when they were going to school and sporting practices, so be a little flexible. If you child doesn't seem tired or ready to sleep, allow them to read or work on a puzzle book for a bit before the lights go out.

2. Limit the screen time. We have all been there! Night time rolls around and you realize how much TV or tablet time your child had that day and you vow TOMORROW will be the day you are taking the tablets away. And then, tomorrow comes and you get busy with work and the other million things you are trying to juggle at home and before you know it the screens are back. Don't beat yourself up over this because we all have these moments! Truthfully, screen time doesn't have to be all bad either. There are plenty of educational apps and games that can be a great learning tool. But, try your best to find a balance. Timers work great for limiting screen time and once a child gets in the habit of turning it off when the timer is up, it won't even seem like a big deal to them!

3. Snack schedule. When children are at school or daycare, they get their morning and/or afternoon snack and that is generally it. And you know what? They do just fine with that! If possible, try putting a stop to the frequent pantry stops. A great tip we've seen recently is parents setting out a basket on the counter for each of their children with the days snacks and drinks in them. Children are visual and when they see their options it allows them to be independent and pick what and when they want to eat from their basket during the day. Hopefully in return, this creates healthier habits and cuts down on waste and sugary snack consumption. 

Like everything right now, our day-to-day routines can look different each day! Try your best to be flexible and allow for your families to adapt to what works for them.