Are your kids getting restless before it’s even lunchtime? Do you check the clock thinking it’s almost nap time when it’s not for another 2 hours? Are your kids completely bored with going to the grocery store and playing with the same toys every day? Stop worrying about coming up with something to do and days that feel like they will never end. Set up a daily schedule for toddlers (any child who isn’t school-age yet) that really works.
Daily Schedule for toddlers
Even though it can seem like it is challenging to make a daily schedule that will work for your family it can be very simple. There are a lot of variables depending on what your family looks like right now but I will help you through some of the basics!
Your family’s needs
The first thing you need to do is identify your family’s needs.
Make sure that you consider anything that may affect your schedule.
- Work schedules
If it is recurring but not specifically the same every time, it takes extra planning.
The biggest consideration that I recommend you remember to take into account is the time of day.
If your kids are getting tired or hungry when you are leaving to run errands orgoingg to sit in a doctor’s waiting room, you may want to rethink your plan next time. Young kids don’t function well when they are tired or hungry so planning around those times or making adjustments, like bringing extra snacks when you can’t is important.
Why you need a daily schedule for toddlers
It’s not like they go to school or have to be anywhere at a certain time on a regular basis. So why does it matter?
If you are a stay at home mom you will understand this. But days start to blend together. It can feel like they go o forever and you have no idea what to do to keep your kids busy.
Having a daily schedule will help you to plan some basic ideas and keep you from repeating the same things every day.
Kids thrive on routine
Having a set daily schedule will help your kids learn what to expect next and how to do recognizable tasks. Like putting on shoes to go outside or having a diaper change after lunch then going to nap.
If you want to have an interesting experience, try getting your toddler’s socks and shoes ready to go on and put the shoes on first then try to put the socks on. Watch how confused they get and how they correct you. My son won’t even let me get the shoes near him until his socks are on LOL.
You will get more creative
When you have a set time in your day when you are supposed to “do a craft” or “go on an outing” you will begin to think about what you are going to do and where you are going to go.
Your outing won’t just be the grocery store anymore. Maybe you will find a new park or get a membership at a children’s museum.
Your craft won’t simply be coloring anymore. Instead, you will have a stock of paints, markers, pipe cleaners, cotton balls, and more that you can be creative and have fun with.
You’ll make more memories
I know that sounds cheesy. But seriously. The skills that you don’t even know your child has until you do a craft with them will surprise you.
My son made this during Dr Seuss week at daycare. They read Fox in Sox and got to do this. The teacher put glue inside the lines and gave them some colorful puff balls to place on the glue. Within 2 minutes he had placed every single puff ball on to the glue inside the lines! He was done first, and even got up and handed his tray to the teacher to show her.
I had no clue that he could do something like this. Staying in the lines and everything?! We have done a lot of other things at home, but never anything like this. But he loves doing these things when he is there.
So having a daily schedule for your kids at home will help you to learn things about your kids abilities, make memories, and have more fun together.
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