Questions tagged [daily-routine]

Questions related to establishing a daily routine in a child-rearing environment for both parents and children.

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How to change my 2.5-year-old's sleep-wake routine so he doesn't nap in the afternoon and wakes up too early in the morning?

I am a first-time mum to a 2.5-year-old boy and am 3 months pregnant. My son doesn't go to nursery so we are home. I'm struggling to understand my son's sleep wake pattern. I admit I messed up a lot ...
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How to get a 3.5-year-old to dress up in the morning?

I'm having a hard time recently with my 3.5-year-old where I struggle to get him out the door in the morning without multiple tantrums and cries. He usually gets up on his own and comes to my room ...
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Occasional Gift or Daily Reward?

TLDR Is there a valid argument for not giving a child a present/reward daily or am I thinking to hard about this and it is perfectly fine to give a child a daily present/reward? So my daughter ...
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Fastest way back on schedule for a child that is past the age to nap

Recently due to a pretty minor illness (that was sleep disrupting) I have a kid that is going to bed excessively early but then rising excessively early. So what I need him to do is to stay awake ...
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Bringing work organizational effectiveness practices home to the family?

Has anyone tried to bring practices from work (around organizational effectiveness or culture management) home to the family? For example, developing a value statement or providing performance reviews ...
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What is the day to day life like as a father?

My girlfriend and I are sure that we want children someday, maybe even in the not so distant future. I will be working full time, as will my girlfriend after the first year. We have a decent income ...
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Getting things done - balancing directives vs. autonomy (elementary school age)

I'm the father of a 9 year old boy, who, while in the top tier regarding intelligence and grades, has a serious problem of 'getting things done'. Simple things. The issue does not occur at school ...
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What techniques can I use to get my six-year-old out of bed and dressed for school?

In the morning I have to wrestle my six-year old girl to get her to remove her Doona (Duvet/Comforter/Quilt). Then I have to wrestle her to get her up and get her clothes on. I feel like she should ...
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What is a suitable bedtime and sleep pattern for an 8 year old?

What is a suitable bedtime and sleep pattern for an 8yr old? My 8yr old Gabrielle goes to bed at half 7 but can read or watch for an hour which means she goes to sleep at around half 8. In the ...
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How do I get myself into a routine?

I am not good with routine. As a result my two yr old is hard to teach. Also i am not sure what to do. He is has a blood disorder so daycare isnt an option. I cant get him to listen or sit long enough ...
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My father is too slow at his daily routine [closed]

I don't know why my dad is sooooooo slow. He wakes up late, washes his face for 10 minutes, brushes his teeth for 20 min, has his tea for 10-20 min, shaves for 20min, baths for 20-30 min, applies ...
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What to do about my 4-month-old's messy feeding schedule?

I have a 4-month-old baby. No matter how much I try, I just can't have a schedule for feeding her. She can be not willing to take a feed for 4 hours to asking for feed every hour. I tried to do eat ...
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Short naps and infrequent feedings

I've been trying to do an eat wake sleep cycle with my 4 month old, but it has seemed impossible as he usually only takes 4-5 45 min naps a day. Doing this I'm feeding him every 2 hours. I struggle to ...
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Extended family not catering for baby's routine

We have a 15 month old child. He is the only sub 10 year-old in my side of the family. I recently got into a dispute with family, as they wanted us to arrive for a family occasion at a specific time, ...
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My 9 month old's sleep schedule gets mixed up

I'm a working mom and my son gets watched by dad and grandparents when I'm at work and our nighttime routines are all different now. My son never goes to bed at the same time any more and it is always ...
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How often should I take my 18 month child out of home

I live in a rented apartment in HongKong and work 6 nights. The only time i get during week days is after 10 AM, that too if the weather permits. How often shall I take my child out? Is it that the ...
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Establishing bed time routines?

When is it best to start establishing bed time routines? I.e. Bath time? Reading a book? etc? I've read Save our Sleep, which mentions its best to do it from early on, but i've had doctors tell me ...
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Is there a benefit or harm in letting a 3 year old control her own bedtime routine?

I'm a bit exhausted getting my 3 year old daughter through the evening. Getting home, washing hands, sitting at the dinner table, eating dinner, eating fruit, taking a bath, towel drying, drying hair,...
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How important is a settled/repeatable routine for a 1 month old

We have a one month old now and I'm just wondering how important it is that his routine is settled/repeatable at this stage. For the most part his routine is Eat-Poop-Sleep repeat, about 7 times a ...
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Too many car trips with toddler

My wife and I live several hours away from the rest of our family and they complain that we do not visit often enough and never get to see our 20-month-old son. He does great on long (3-5 hour) car ...
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How to deal with visiting a household with very different parenting techniques

My wife and I have a 5 month old son, after a rocky start he's settled into an ok routine, especially for bed time (Baby massage, bath and bottle by 7/7:30). We have a problem when visiting my sister ...
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How to help an overscheduled toddler as a nanny?

I'm a nanny, working with a 16-month-old girl. Since she was 11 months old she started with some activities, French class and play classes. Now she is really busy, with classes every weekday, each day ...
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Good routine for a 5 year old

My step-daughter is heading to school this year. Her pre-school hours last year were 9.30 until 2.30 and her school hours this year will be 9.00 until 3.30. It will be quite a sudden change in ...
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How structured does a child's life need to be?

At home, our kids' lives (3 and 7 months) are fairly well-defined, in terms of when events happen. Waking up, meals, naps, bath, bedtime - except for a little slacking on the mornings on weekends (...
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How disruptive is an occasional exception to a toddler's sleep schedule?

My son's sleep patterns are pretty good. We start our bedtime routine around 20:30 - 21:00, and he's usually in bed by 21:30 (and asleep within minutes). We have been planning our activities and ...
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At what age should sleeping and eating schedules be fixed for a kid?

Kid isn't born yet. I would like to know at what age should we start fixing the sleeping and eating schedules for the kid, and also expect the kid to follow? Besides eating and sleeping are there any ...
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How should I wake up my 4 year old?

My four year old is like I am: she HATES to wake up. I completely empathize with her, and I have horrible memories of screaming battles with my parents waking me up for school. How should I go about ...
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How do I motivate my 8-year-old to practice the piano regularly?

I end up offering TV time as a reward but he complains so much while practicing, tracks time by calling out every 2 minutes, and practices without respecting the piano or the music (bangs it out). He ...
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What is the best strategy for adjusting an toddler's sleep cycle during Daylight Savings?

With Daylight Savings coming up, we are worried about getting our son transitioned to the new time. How do we get him to sleep an hour later, when we're struggling with keeping him from waking up ...
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What techniques can keep a reluctant pre-schooler on a morning schedule?

Early starts at distant work make for alarm clocks and morning rush in our house. A 4 year old child and two adults have around an hour to get washed, dressed and fed to leave at 7am. To my son ...
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What are some do's and dont's for an effective bedtime ritual?

I think most parents agree that it's helpful to follow some fixed ritual when putting a child to bed. What elements in such rituals are particularly useful, and what should be avoided? There are ...