Saturday, December 20, 2008

Jingle Bell Blog Party Day #19-Milestone Parenting

As the mother of an autistic child, A firm daily routine is a necessity for us. Sophia thrives on daily routine. With a routine, her tantrums are lessened and she sleeps much better at night!

Here is a little bit about the importance of teaching your daily routine from the milestone parenting website:

What is a routine? A routine is any activity that we do automatically on a daily basis.

When children grow up without routines, duties and limits, they grow up in an uncontrolled manner and become difficult to manage.

Our biggest responsibility as parents is to provide a structured and nurturing environment in which our children can become prepared for life as an adult. It is critical that we stimulate our children's minds, social skills, emotions and bodies. Routines play an integral part in this stimulation, ensuring that children understand and embrace their duties and receive the nurturing and care that is so important to them.

According to the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning,
Studies have documented that schedules and routines influence children’s emotional, cognitive, and social development. Predictable and consistent schedules in preschool classrooms help children feel secure and comfortable. Also, schedules and routines help children understand the expectations of the environment and reduce the frequency of behavior problems, such as tantrums and acts of aggression.

Consistent routines are an effective tool that parents can use to prepare their children for life, and to accomplish the stimulation and teaching that is so important to their development.

Our It's Time To... Bedtime and Daily Routines make it easy for parents, teachers, educators and caregivers to introduce routines to their children. Read more about our Routine Kits to find out which one is right for you...

I am so excited to have had the opportunity to review the Daily Routine Kit from Milestone Parenting. I have tried several different methods of implementing a routine schedule in to the day and it has always been an eventually failed struggle. But so far, after just over 4 weeks of use, the Daily Routine Kit from Milestone parenting is still a hit in our house!

This durable and reusable chart features KC the fox, A fun companion to guide your child through his or her daily happenings. With 21 removable action cards this makes the day go by smoother. From teeth brushing to nap time, Sophie is always aware of what is coming up in her day! Another feature I really like was that the chart came with a wipe off marker and each card had picture of an analog clock and slots to write the time, helping your child learn time at the same time they are learning structure! Sophie just loves being able to take the cloth and wipe the time mark off of each clock after that portion of her day is complete. The daily routine chart has made simple things like getting dressed more fun to look forward to. Milestone Parenting also has a bedtime routine chart making your child's bedtime a breeze! For more information on the importance of a daily routine and to order your chart today, visit Milestone Parenting!

The only suggestion I have for the product is to add laminating to the chart and to the cards. I am afraid that sticking and unsticking them is going to kill the static cling. Overall I give the product 2 thumbs up!

I have one daily routine chart to giveaway. To enter, post a comment telling me what the current daily struggle is with your child(IE bath time,bedtime)

Additional entries:
·twitter this post
·stumble this post
·favorite me on technorati
·blog about this post linking back to both my blog and Milestone parenting.

This contest will end on December 31st. Winner will be announced on January 1st.


cmgnbox01 said...

When my daughter was younger, I had trouble getting her to do her homework. Thanks for the giveaway!

cmgnbox01 said...

I posted on my blog:

Bridgett said...

Definitely bedtime! My son, every night is asking for a drink, needing the use the bathroom, needing one more book, one snack etc. right before bed!!

jennem said...

Getting ready for school in the morning.
Jennifer, jennem22 at yahoo dot com

Karen said...

Bedtime is so tough - my son fights us for over an hour !!

ktgonyea at

NateAndJakesMom said...

Our daily struggle is eating! He never wants to sit down long enough to have a full meal!!

nateandjakesmom at gmail dot com

NateAndJakesMom said...

I tweeted.


nateandjakesmom at gmail dot com

Cara Kirkland said...

My daily struggle is getting them to do their chores.

~Chel~ said...

Oh man! I bet Hayden would thrive from that...Every thing is an issue at the Ellis household! This would be awesome! :)

kerri69 said...

I am in dire need here i have 2 little ones that need a routine i try but the mornings for school they are quite stubborn and i am yelling by the time we leave it seems to be a constant struggle at our home

Cher said...

Bedtime is definitely a struggle. We spoil our son and give in too much!

flared0ne said...

"Unstructured" time in general -- breakfast and getting dressed, getting out the door to school, meal times, bedtime -- those work fairly well, being quite routine by now. But the "go play, find something to do" makes us all crazy with repetitive "stimming"... I suspect this could help a bit, give a "formal" approach to laying out the activities available. Thanks!

Mollie G. said...

Sometimes "Daddy-Voice" gets better cooperation than "Mama-Voice" ever will... So working out a better approach for ME to handle evening "getting ready for bed" activities WOULD be appreciated, very much!

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