Tuesday, May 20, 2008
A New Plan
I was hoping to have started our new schedule last week, but with Gracie's bad cough and allergies, and then whatever it is Garren had for nearly a week--it got pushed back.
But, today we are doing rather well with it.
I know it might seem silly, but Gracie is such an active child and I think a lot of the problems we have been having around here stems from the fact that I can't keep her mind occupied. She needs to be interacting all of the time, and without a schedule of some sort, she is impossible to deal with.
We had a schedule, a very loose one. We got dressed, had breakfast, lunch, etc at certain times; but those in between hours were chaos. She would want to play, I would need to do things, and we both would be so irritable because no one was getting what they needed.
I have found that keeping her occupied (with positive things of course) makes for a happier, healthier Gracie. Thus, I came up with a new system for our days.
Each day she will know that she gets plenty of time one on one with mommy, plus there are things to look forward to.
I really think this will help our mood and positive reaction. She is such a smart child, and her mind literally never stops. Plus, without preschool she will miss a lot of the interaction and movements she so desperately needs. So for a bonus this schedule should keep this summer going smoothly.
I will have to let you know at the end of the week how well it is going, but so far, so good!
Note to self: buy an oven timer for her. Solo play is still very hard as she can't manage for 15 minutes playing by herself. She so needs to develop this skill. I hope doing this once a day will improve this big lag in her development. With the timer she will know how many more minutes she has and when it is time to come out for story time. Eventually the goal would be that she won't notice the timer and will want to play alone for longer!