Being a full-time working mother with a child, it really took me lot of mindful effort to set an effective daily routine for my child that would simplify my life while giving me the contentment of offering a happier childhood to my child.
Breaking the daily routine of the child into manageable chunks is the easiest way to start. Here’s how a mother can ensure an ideal morning-to-night routine for a child.
Practice Personal Hygiene:
Don't instruct your kids to follow those principles of good hygiene... Because they won't listen. So what’s the point??
I've personally experienced that the habits to maintain good hygiene can either be developed in kids in a play-way method or via leading by example. The trick is to let the kids observe their parents brushing their teeth, washing their hands, cleaning their body parts or wearing clean clothes because they are more likely to follow and mirror their actions.
Healthy Eating Habits:
Whether you are mother to a toddler, a preschooler or a teenager, the 'fussy eaters' or 'picky eaters' are present in most families these days. Making kids learn to make healthy food choices gives nightmares to many parents. Offering something more than formal food in their meals excites kids and enhance their appetite.
Giving choices to pick veggies/fruits of own liking actually helps the kids build positive associations with food. I personally prefer experimenting with recipes by asking my child what ingredient to substitute in a dish so that he would love it more and he waits to taste the new preparation. But make sure you provide them with a healthy alternative option. Eg: you can easily substitute rice with boiled semolina.
Encourage Outdoor Activities:
In this hi-tech age, where most kids choose to spend their leisurely time digging tech gadgets, it has become the foremost concern for parents to curb kids' vigorous activity of TV watching, video gaming, net surfing as these activities tend to refrain kids from connect to their natural surroundings.
The kids should be exposed to interesting outdoor games that would lead to their wholesome physical development. #ChildrensPlayDay is an amazing initiative taken up to encourage outdoor play by Good knight! To know more watch the Children’s Play Day video.
But remember while sending the kids out for play, don't forget to use a good outdoor mosquito repellent to avoid mosquito bites and thus mosquito borne diseases.
Fix Up Study Hours:
After spending many hours at school, it is hard to convince children to study at home. It's not advisable to force children to study when they cannot concentrate. Give them a break to take some rest or do their favourite recreational activity, whatever they wish to. I, as a working mother, have made it a daily practice to sit down with my child compiling my documents/work assignments while he is studying, so that his momentum of studying is kept higher.
Setting the Bedtime:
"Is my child getting enough sleep?" is one of the concerns that most mothers like me need to get addressed. While many of the parents might not find it easy to evaluate the amount of sleep that children of a particular age might need, they can always ensure to get kids into bed as early as possible. Regular sleep pattern not only helps the child get up with infinite energy but also promotes the physical and mental growth of a child. I always make sure to spare few minutes of relaxed snuggle time with my child as he wakes up in the morning to begin our day with a lovely smile.
I hope my experiences would serve as guiding tips for mothers out there and your kids will enjoy their good morning to good knight routine :)
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