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Comfort in Routine

September 5, 2011

As children all over the US head back to school and some starting Kindergarten this year, I’ve been reading all sorts of great articles about how to prepare your children to head to school. For kids who have already experienced school before they are familiar with the concept. But, for those little ones attending their very first school it can be pretty scary.

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Story Time

I have a few girlfriends who are sending their little ones off to Kindergarten this year and everyone is excited and nervous at the same time. It is a time of new beginnings and, for us Mommies, endings…they aren’t babies anymore…

As I read through all the tips and tricks, one theme is consistent and that is of keeping routines. Kids love and need routines, there is comfort in knowing what will happen next, even if it something as simple as dinner at a certain time and then the nightime routine of bath and bed. I can’t say I blame them, I always feel a little more comforted knowing that once I’m home I have a little (albeit tiny at times) bit more control over my world.

Bedtime stories are a long held tradition, a time of closeness, comfort, and reassurance. In the hectic wold we live in, this short time in the evening can help center kids, reassure them after a day of learning new things and meeting new people, all of which can be a little scary. Cuddled up in bed with a favorite story they are safe, comfortable and know what will happen next.

For all those parents out there helping their little ones embark upon a new world, we salute you.

Here’s a great list of classic children’s books to help inspire and create routine. We love “Goodnight Moon”, “Corduroy”, and “Curious George” around here lately.

Here’s to a great school year!

Little by little,

Kiki

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