Darcy is now 16 months old and I have been pretty strict with routine since probably around 3 months. Obviously there has been times when we’ve had to change things.. say if we’re going out or something but for the most part routine has always been something we have both needed and I feel it’s quite important. It’s not always easy though, having a routine because sometimes there is going to be occasions or days where she is more tired than others, therefore she’ll either nap more or less which I think either of those can totally affect bedtimes. Especially at the moment she is sort of in the middle of transitioning for two naps a day down to one but some days she will still want her two naps however have the second nap too late means a later bedtime. Some people would disagree with me here and say ‘well this why strict routines are no good’ but I feel like I need something to rely on too. I need to know what I am going to do that day. Routines benefit the whole family I think.
I didn’t really know where I was going with this post today, I just felt like it was something I wanted to sit down and talk about.
Another thing is I feel like Darcy’s concentration levels and general behavior is different if she is tired, on days when our routine is slightly unstructured it’s like having a different child. Like I said above there is and has been plenty of times when we have unpredictable changes but at least I can offer a structure to her day in the most part.
What do you think about routines?