This is Day 7 of 31 days to Loving Sensory Parenting, you can see all the posts in this series here.
One of the best things you can do a sensory parent is to establish a routine. It might just be your key to not losing your mind. If your child is old enough you can even invite them to help. Typical kids thrive on routine. It gives ALL kids a sense of security and helps them develop self-discipline. This is even more important for our neuro-diverse kids.
I will admit I am your typical type A mom and I married a very not so type A guy. When our daughter was first born we quickly learned who would be calling the shots…HER! She, I kid you not, put us on a schedule. She would want a bottle 3 hours on the dot and not a second more or less. She has always shown us that she needs routine. She craves it.
Life as we know it in our house does often revolve around her, the rest of the world doesn’t so for her any type of routine helps her deal with the rest of the world. When she has days off from school, or our life is different she needs a routine laid out for her so she knows what’s coming next. When we have family gatherings or events I will map out a visual schedule (more on this tomorrow) for her so she knows what to expect. Routine has been a life saver in our house.
This year we had this huge transition to full time all day school as she was a Kindergartener this fall. Over the summer, I took Money Saving Mom’s Course Make Over Your Mornings. It really helped me to established a morning routine and think of all the things that needed to be done. So if your mornings are chaotic and rushed this course will not disappoint you! It will take you out of crisis mode and into routine success!
I use this printable to map out our day which is extra handy for leaving with Sensory Dad when he is in charge so that he knows the routine! You can snag it free by subscribing to our e-mail list here.
We schedule absolutely every minute of our day with Miss Sensory and it makes the biggest difference in our family and our life. For us it has been key to keeping meltdowns at bay and keeping her regulated. We keep her very connected to us and make time for lots of play. But the routine is key to getting her through the day.