R is for Routine

Having some predictable activities each day alleviates stress – in other words: routine. Children in particular, respond well to a basic structure to each day interwoven with a creative, variety of activities. I am always amazed that when we sort out a bedtime routine for children, starting from the end of play time and creating a regular preparation for supper, bath and bed and sleep; it doesn’t take long before it becomes a recognized routine. Navigating the last couple of hours of the day when everyone is tired and hungry can seem like a marathon, however, when Mom and Dad know what the structure is and everyone is working towards that goal – children in bed by a certain time – everything runs more smoothly. Interestingly when bedtime routine falls into place and children get a good night’s sleep; the morning routine runs more smoothly too.

While the transition from chaos to routine is tricky and sometimes a challenge, once it has become the ‘new normal’, parents are amazed at how easy the process is and learn to enjoy the end of the day routine as much as other times of the day! Nerves do not need to get so frayed and the day can end pleasantly rather than grumpy and bad moods!

R is for routine

About parentcoachsa

Steph has over 30 year's experience working with families to design child care solutions and supporting parents to be the best parents they can be. In addition she has worked with corporates to find work-life balance solutions for their staff. As a practitioner I have become increasingly aware that work-life balance has become a critical issue, particularly in an age in which the demands of work are often at odds with home and family life. I am passionate about family life, it is the catalyst for every other relationship we have - in every other area of life, we expect to study, get a qualification, try something on appro , we want to feel in control - however it is the one area of life, that none of the above applies - Babies do not arrive with a parenting manual! It is my privilege as a Parent and Life Coach, to partner with you as you take hold of the challenges you are facing in your family, in your life and work with you , supporting you to achieve the decisions and outcomes you are choosing for your family and for your life. It is my job, to keep you on track, to cheer you on, when the "going gets tough". Through coaching, understanding of yourself and your child, and his or her phase of development will enable you to consciously develop a parenting style that will benefit you and your family.
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