If there is anything this week has taught me, it is that my young children thrive on a schedule. When it gets thrown out of whack someone steals my children and replaces them with cranky, irritable, tantrum throwing, ill -tempered beasts. When I first had my son I naively thought, “Schedules are so restrictive, they don’t allow kids to be kids, they make them robots” or something along those lines. Let me just say, HA! We have learned to mold our schedule around the needs of our kids.
In general, small children are happier when they know what to expect. I am not suggesting a plan for every minute of the day, but a loose guide for meals, snacks, naps, and bed. No, a schedule won’t preclude all bedtime and naptime battles but once they know that bedtime is bedtime and nothing else exciting is going to happen things do get easier. I have found when the kids aren’t cranky I’m less likely to be cranky.*
Sometimes things happen that make a schedule nearly impossible. This week of company has been fun, but I will be glad to trade in these cranky little beasts and get my children back.
For the parents out there, what did you assume in your pre-kid naivety?**
*Hey, I’m human, sometimes my hormones get the best of me, but as an adult I have greater resources for self-control.
**Remember Home Eccers, parenting is one of those areas where what works for Sue may not work for Jane, but it doesn’t mean either are misguided or wrong.