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Having a set schedule or routine can benefit your family in many ways. Most kids (and adults) thrive on “knowing” what comes next. Schedules and routines provide a sense of security for young kids. They also help kids develop self-discipline and self-confidence because they are completing tasks on their own (or trying to). Creating a family schedule/routine will depend on the ages of your kids. Hold a family meeting and ask your kids what types of things they need to do when they wake up and what to do before they go to bed. Asking their input will encourage them to stick to the schedule because they helped plan it! Although schedules and routines are extremely helpful, it’s good to remember that life happens sometimes. There will be days that stuff comes up and that is OKAY. Talk to your kids before their schedule changes. This will help eliminate any behaviors due to being out of their routine. Listed below is a schedule of our “typical” day as a family of eight.

Teaching your kids to do chores at a young age helps them develop responsibility and life long habits. Chores do not have to be boring and tedious. Make a list of chores and ask your kids which ones they would like to do. If two kids want to do the same chore, you can let them pair up and complete the chore together. This teaches them how to be a good team player! You can also motivate your kids with a chore/sticker chart or a special reward at the end of the week. Kids are more willing to work hard if they are working towards something. Here is a list of age appropriate chores:

Hello everybody! We are starting a series of blogs called Back to the Basics. Parenting is complicated as it is, so our focus is to keep our tips and tricks as simple as can be. We are excited to get back to the basics of parenting and hope you are too! Today we are going to list simple things you can do to bond with your kids. Our culture sometimes exaggerates on how we should bond with our kids. No, we don’t always need to take them to an amusement park or to the movies to spend time with them. Don’t get us wrong, those are both awesome things to do with your kids but it doesn’t have to be the “only” way we can bond with our kids. Below is a list of simple things you can do with your kids!

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