Teaching Toddlers and Preschoolers, don’t forget to check it out.Toddlers are a bundle of energy, they are not too young for you to incorporate a routine into their daily schedules. I don’t mean you have to plan out every thing down to the minute, but you should keep the major events in your toddlers day on a set schedule. If you missed my 5 day series on
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Why Do Toddlers Need a Routine?Setting up a routine or schedule for your toddler will let her know what is suppose to happen next in her day. She will get an idea of when to expect her snacks, nap and bedtime. This will make it easier for you to transition from one activity to the next, hopefully without a meltdown. If I get my toddler down for her nap at the scheduled time, she goes willingly and complies with our nap routine. If her nap gets pushed back and then she is over tired, there’s a meltdown coming and she cries herself to sleep. It’s not pleasant, I have to carry her up to her bed crying and screaming that she doesn’t want to go for her nap, when she obviously needs it.
Set a daily scheduleI ensure that my toddler gets to bed at the same time every night. This ensures that she will wake up at the same time as well. I like consistency with her schedule because she just seems happier. If we had a late night, they are sluggish the next day which makes it difficult for me to homeschool my older children because she’s extra moody. I don’t plan out everything, it’s not like I can plan when she’s going to need a diaper change or spill milk on her clothes. You need some wiggle room for the unexpected. I do have a set time for our meals and snacks which line up with our school breaks. Hungry toddlers are unhappy toddlers so I don’t want to get to the point where she’s too busy playing that she doesn’t realize that she’s hungry before it results in a meltdown. Our schedule looks like this most days:
- wake up
- outside time + time with daddy
- play time