Happy little preschool kid boy with glasses, books, apple and backpack on his first day to school or nursery. Funny healthy child outdoors on warm sunny day, Back to school concept. Laughing boy

What would happen if you allow your child choose his own name (Frankenstein), bathe when he desires (not), eat what he wants (ketchup packets) and pretty much do what he wants, when he desires. Perhaps is not the ideal way of parenting when Frankenstein’s schoolteacher would tell you that of all the children, his is ” the smelliest.”

Rigid or Loose Scedule?

Many parents fear that imposing a rigid schedule on a kid can be detrimental.

On the other hand, loose and fast maybe is not the best way to go, either. Some people today say that, given an array of alternatives, a child will eventually select the best thing for him. It’s hard to find a child that will select broccoli over chocolate, and an 8pm bedtime.

So, maybe a program is a fantastic idea. In a type of middle-of-the-road sense. If we do not get too mad, there may be many advantages of keeping youngsters to a schedule.


Kids of all ages (yes, even teens) such as the security of knowing what is going to happen, and when. Set times for sleeping and waking, meals and chores can leave free time that children can fill in with whatever they need. They’ll feel settled and secure knowing that dinner is at 6:00, and will be prepared to wind down their playtime so as to accommodate the program.

Waking Up

Some children naturally wake up at 5 am, and others are going to sleep till noon if you allow them. Establishing a wake-up time is wonderful for both parents and kids. If you are the lucky parent of a rise-with-the-rooster child, you may want to set up wake-up time. He can quietly play in his area, or read a book until 6, permitting you to get the sleep you require. And setting a reasonable wake-up time for that late riser is beneficial, because she is going to have the ability to fall asleep at a normal time at night (possibly even giving both parents time to themselves!)


Eating breakfast together is a excellent way to start the day as a family, and scheduling a specific time can allow the entire family to join in.

Lunchtime for small children can help prepare them for rest time or set time limits for play dates or outings. Feeding your small kids at specific intervals throughout the day may also help keep their blood glucose controlled, and minimize frustration and cravings.


Show that having dinner as a family benefits children in a variety of ways. Kids who join their family for dinner are more likely to do better in school, have more friends and closer friendships, and are less likely to use alcohol or drugs. Having a set schedule for supper lets everyone know when it is time to be home, and let us whoever’s making dinner understand it is time to get off the couch and turn on the oven.


Just like adults, children have an internal clock that gets set to waking up and going to sleep at specific times. Kids ought to be getting anywhere from 8-10 hours of sleep, based on their ages. Setting a routine bedtime has a few advantages: they become accustomed to sleeping during set hours (thus getting sufficient sleep) and bedtime disagreements are reduced if everybody agrees on a specified time.

You could have a little leeway for vacations or weekends – perhaps a 1/2 hour to an hour later than on school nights. But straying in the scheduled bedtime too far could leave you with lethargic, cranky children on Monday morning.

Don’t be too worried if you do not just keep to a schedule 24/7. If you eat dinner one night at 6:20, your children are not likely to immediately run out and become crack dealers. If a bathroom time gets skipped now and then in lieu of an additional round of Chutes and Ladders, your son probably will not be the stinkiest child in the class.

So, forget the whistle and the graphs. Figure out a simple program that works well for your loved ones, and go with it!