07 Sep ASK ANA- BACK TO REALITY
ASK ANA is your opportunity to get advice from our Child Psychologist & Family counsellor Ana Roa.
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BACK TO REALITY
Q: We’re back from vacation and everything is crazy! During the holidays we skipped our daily routines with the kids. They barely napped, had late dinners, stayed up way past bedtime, ate ice cream every day, and the list goes on… The kids are out of control now and we can’t seem to get them back on track. How can we resume our normal routine without yelling our way through it?
A: Routine is necessary for children because it transmits balance. After a “relaxed, flexible hours, activity filled Summer”, children will have a hard time recovering and they will resist; we parents are responsible for initiating and incorporating those routines in a pleasant way.
Be patient but firm (we will not allow them to get side tracked or keep playing when its bedtime, for example), anticipating changes and explaining it to them in a calm manner, will help them return to their normal routines. Give them time and be patient. It´s hard for all of us to get back into the routine after holidays.