4 Ways to Create and Maintain a Successful Family Routine

When routine changes it can throw everyone off, especially a toddler who LOVES consistency. I recently started a new job that’s extremely fulfilling but requires more office time than my previous job. When I worked remotely I could drop my kids off later and pick them earlier than most parents, but now I must drop them off earlier and pick them up a little later than normal. My three-year-old picked up on this change immediately, and let’s just say, he’s not a fan.

My son quickly became hyper sensitive and started not listening/following directions as well as he used to. One could say this is happening because he’s at “that” age, but it seems suspect for this to have started around the same time I began my new job.  I’m not a detective, but I can clearly breakdown the evidence.

My husband and I sprang into action to make a new “norm” for our household. It’s important to us to have a space where our kids feel and actively participate in a healthy routine. Now, I’ve only birthed two little ones, so I can only speak from my experience with them, but thoughtful consistency is key.

Here are the four ways we successfully found our new routine:

  1. Communicate – Seems simple enough, right? You can never over communicate with your kids, at least in my opinion. We talk about and talk through our routine constantly with our kids, more specifically our toddler. He seems to respond to well to repeated verbal communication.
  2. Cool and Calm – As parents it’s easy to lose our cool when our kids react in a not-so-attractive manner when they get frustrated about the change in routine (I know from experience and I’m not proud of it). When we act in a level-headed manner, our kids will have a positive response. We set the emotional example.
  3. Sleep – When our kids are well rested, the world seems to be a safe place, but when they don’t, you might as well duck and cover. When my kids get a great night’s sleep, they are prepared to take on the day with a positive attitude. My one-year-old sleeps a solid 13 hours a night and my three-year-old clocks in between 10-11 hours a night. I truly believe sleep makes a big difference in achieving a new “norm.”
  4. Fun – It’s important to add a new and exciting component to the routine. Make it worthwhile for all involved parties. My husband and I “let” our toddler guide the bedtime routine. He picks the books, he turns off the lights, he arranges his bed, etc. We are known for putting on a performance. If it’s a song, a monologue, an interpretive dance of the book we are reading, we make it fun. This is part of the routine that is specifically tailored for him and something he looks forward to every single day. It’s HIS mom and dad time.

I’ll say it again, change is hard, but if you work to make it a positive experience, your kids will adjust. Fingers crossed we can maintain our son’s positive perspective and make the one-on-one time we have with him memorable in the best way. What are some tips that have worked for you? Let me know if the comments.

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A Healthy Snack Picky Eaters Will Love (Miffy and Friends US)

My three-year-old is a master when it comes to working around his picky eating habits. I could have a member of the Paw Patrol team parade his food in front of him, in a bowl made of sprinkles, with a firework display in the background, but he would see right through my creative efforts.

Finding a way to get him to eat his veggies is, dare I say, impossible. When I ask him to try something he takes the tiniest, microscopic bite. Immediately following his “attempt” of trying something new, he produces an intense feeling of repulsion. What is a mom to do?

Our friends over at Miffy have unlocked the answer to my prayers. Their Healthy Tulips snack-tivity has inspired my son to eat more than just processed carbs. I have never, I mean never, seen my child eat carrots, cheese, and cucumbers in one sitting, let alone at all.

Make eating healthy fun with Miffy and her friends. Here is what you’ll need for your Healthy Tulips:

  • One large carrot
  • One cucumber
  • One block of cheese
  • Toothpicks
  • Knife
  • Spoon
  • A toddler with an open mind (I added that one in for myself)

  1. Slice carrots into a flower by cutting two triangles out of the top to create a tulip shape.
  2. Cut cucumber slices into halves and use a spoon to scoop out the seeds of the cucumber.
  3. Cut the cheese into blocks.
  4. Layer the difference pieces onto the toothpick
    1. Place the toothpick into the cheese creating the base of the flower.
    2. Next place the cucumber to create the leaves of the tulip.
    3. Finally, place the carrot at the top creating the flower.

Voila! Now you have an adorable, healthy, and delicious snack for your kiddos. So, if you have a picky eater, give this snack-tivity a try.

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