When I was growing up I always thought everything my parents did was intentional and nothing seemed ‘on the fly’ to me. Being a parent now myself I realized it was probably the exact opposite and a lot of thing we did were impromptu. I mean it makes sense because one day a child will love a certain activity/food/person and will not care for it the next. (More realistically it could be within the same day or even hour that they change their minds). So its tough to be consistent when a child’s taste changes so quickly.
I can be the first to admit my 15 month old is only scheduled at her mothers day out Her bedtime varies depending on how many naps she had, if we are away from the house and even what time we eat dinner. This makes it a surprise each morning in when she decides to wake up. Today, for example, she was 30 minutes late to her mothers day out because she slept in til 8:45, an hour and 15 minutes past when she normally wakes up. This made our whole morning hectic and I was relived when we finally got to her classroom.
I told my mom over lunch how I was frustrated by the time I had dropped her off and that it seemed like my daughter was happy to in her class. She told me “Thats because little ones crave schedules”. I agreed with her but realized she doesnt have a schedule at home which made me feel horrible. I decided right then to write and establish a routine for our baby girl.
So here is our new tentative weekday schedule. I know it will change but this is what we will try to follow. Wish us luck!