Does a consistent routine work with children?

Hello everybody!  I hope you guys are well.

I believe wholeheartedly that a consistent routine does work with children and if you implement it early, your children will get used to it and it’ll become the norm.  I know that this information is not new, but just in case, there’s someone out there asking, “Does this really work?”  I’m here to say that it does.  I’m always being asked, “How do you get your children to bed at a reasonable hour?” and “How did you get them to eat and love vegetables and fruits?”  My constant answer to those questions and many more is, “We introduced things at an early age and we made it a routine.”  Once you make a routine you have to be consistent about it and try your very best not to break it, even if you’re on vacation.  My children are used to taking a bath at 8 pm, brushing their teeth afterwards, putting their pajamas on and hopping into bed to go to sleep.  Hugs and kisses are given out; well wishes for good dreams are said along with a see you in the morning.  Then, lights out!  Even while we’re away from home, we stick to the routine because they’re already used to it and it’s beneficial for their little bodies to have adequate time to rest.  If they’re running around way past midnight, not only are they going to be tired and cranky in the morning (if they can’t sleep in), but so are you.  I’m cranky enough in the morning, I don’t need to be more and my husband will second that.  🙂

Introducing vegetables and fruits early on instead of later is obviously healthy and you’ll PROBABLY have fewer arguments.  Vegetables like broccoli and spinach are hard to introduce to a child when they’re around four or five so it’s best to do it once a child can safely start eating solids.  My two and a half-year old loves broccoli and she actually proclaims it out loud, which is very funny during dinnertime.  She may have days where she doesn’t want to eat it so I give her something else like tomatoes.  You have to mix things up and please don’t give up.  I know firsthand that it’s hard and I will admit that I have thrown in the towel several times.  Fortunately for me, I have a backup plan and that’s my husband who takes over when I need a break.  It’s true when they say, “just because they don’t like it one day, doesn’t mean they won’t like it another day.”  I send my daughter to school with a small container of veggies and a small container of fruits in her lunch bag along with her main dish.  It is my responsibility to send her to school with a healthy lunch.  I also include a small snack that she enjoys and as for her drink, we alternate days between water and juice.   I don’t want to be too strict or even a hypocrite because my coffee in the morning can definitely use a little less sugar.  I try my best to balance things out and that’s why I made a choice awhile back to banish soda from my home.  So far, so good.

As for good manners, if you make it a habit in saying “please” and “thank you” along with “you’re welcome” and “I’m sorry,” your children will pick up on these words and start repeating them, non-stop.  It’s wonderful to hear my youngest say, “good morning,” to me and “excuse me,” when someone is in her way.  I loved it when my daughter’s teacher told me that she had exceptional manners during our parent/teacher conference last year.  Can you imagine living in a world where everyone practiced good manners?  As corny as it may sound, it would be a nice world to live in.  We just have to do our part and pass the lessons on to our children.

If you haven’t started a routine or a schedule, start now.  It might be hard and take a while, but your child will benefit from knowing what they’re supposed to do and why.  They need and will welcome structure in their lives.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it’s our job to teach our children first.  They look up to us. We are their first teachers.  Expectant mothers, new moms, guardians, etc. hear and believe me when I say that once your child is tucked in at a consistent time every single night, your time to relax begins every single night as well.  So start putting into practice those routines and stay consistent.  You’ll never regret it.

Take good care all.

Until next time…

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100th Post…Wow!

Hello everybody!  I really hope you guys are well.  I would like to say THANK YOU for following my blog and WELCOME to my new followers.  I am in disbelief whenever I receive an email indicating that I have a new follower.  It makes me wonder so much what made that particular person want to follow my blog.  It’s such a mystery and it’s also scary because I want to make sure that my words, thoughts, ideas, and images don’t bore you to death.  Every LIKE that I get I want to sincerely say thank you for your time and if you can let me know what you think.  I would love to read any comments you might have.

I am still learning about this magnificent blogging world.  Some days I wonder, “What should I share with you?  What is interesting?  What is not?  How personal should I get?  Will they get sick of Pinterest?  (I really hope not!)  Will my daughters be mad at me in the future when they see the pictures I’ve posted of them?”

I follow several blogs and some of them are very open while others I have no clue what the blogger looks like.  I am known in my family to shy away from taking pictures even though I do want to be in them.  It’s just that I feel I’m not as photogenic as some people are and this awkwardness enters me and I can never find a natural pose.  Many people say, “practice in the mirror,” but I just feel silly doing that.

Anyway, I wanted to put myself out there and this is really hard for me.  I know that I’ve shared a picture before, but this is just me.  Alone.  For my 100th post, I wanted to say HI! and that I hope we can continue to share interesting ideas, thoughts, images, and experiences for a very long time.

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I am Angelica from themercadoproject.com

Take good care all.

Until next time…

2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

I wanted to share this with you because if it weren’t for your interest this blog report would be very bleak.  Thanks to everyone who has taken time to read what I’ve written in 2012.  I hope to challenge myself with my writing and ideas for the year of 2013.  All the best to everyone.  Until next time…

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,300 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 4 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.