We are back in the swing of it – are you?Posted 15th January, 2019
We all know what it feels like having to get back to it after some time out from the usual routine. After what seems like endless weeks of fun, games, too many mince pies and general merriment suddenly January rolls around and it’s back to normal.
Children are often referred to as being adaptable, flexible, they go-with-the-flow. But sometimes they need help re-adjusting to routine too. Instead of lovely long lie-ins (we know, you can but dream!) suddenly alarms have to be set again, breakfast is eaten sometimes while we’re still asleep, and then off into the day we go – when it’s still barely light at this time of year.
If your little one struggles to get back into their usual routine there are a few things you can do to make it easier – for them and you.
- Make sure they get a good night’s sleep so it won’t be so hard to get them up in the morning.
- If they are early risers anyway try and get them into bed a bit before their usual bedtime. Chances are everyone will have enjoyed a few late nights over the Christmas holiday and it’s good to try and catch up.
- Let them help choose their clothes for the day the night before and lay them out ready – sometimes if they’re able, little ones love to surprise mum and dad by getting up and getting dressed all by themselves.
- If your child is old enough you could consider a reward chart – stars or stickers to praise or reward them for completing a few simple, age-appropriate tasks. These could be eating breakfast without running around, brushing their teeth, finding their shoes themselves… anything that helps the morning rush go a little bit easier.
We know that children thrive on routine. Our days at nursery are varied in the scope of activity on offer but we always do morning circle times, say good morning to each other, and have snack times. Essentially there is a routine and we know it helps children to feel safe and secure – they know what is going to happen next.
If you have any concerns about your child settling back into nursery life or the day-to-day routine after the Christmas holiday please talk to us and we will do our very best to help.