On Fridays, I like to share some other bloggers' / writers' thoughts on this week's topic- in this case Family Routines.
I have always felt that family routines are important, for peace and calm within the household- but the Amercian Academy of Pediatrics reminds us that “children do best when routines are regular, predictable, and consistent.” They go on to say,
“One of a family's greatest challenges is to establish comfortable, effective routines, which should achieve a happy compromise between the disorder and confusion that can occur without them and the rigidity and boredom that can come with too much structure and regimentation, where children are given no choice and little flexibility.”
You can read more on the AAP's recommendations of things to consider when building your family routines here.
Kara from Simple Kids gives her 5 tips on creating family routines– and she advises to start small and build from there. Kara is a firm believer that less is more.
And of course, you can't talk about family routines without reading what Supernanny has to say! One of the first things she does when helping a family in crisis is to help define what their family routine should be, she communicates it to the family, and then helps them work to follow it! You can read her advice here.
Next week I will begin a series on saving money on your grocery budget by using the stockpiling technique, and combining coupons with sale prices.