Use your schedule to bring a peaceful flow and happy smiles to your day and evening.
1. Give Clear Directions
Instead of “no! stop!” and “don’t”, schedules show children what they should be doing and in what order.
When adults tell children what NOT to do, they assume children can make the logical leap to what they should be doing. But children often don’t and continue to make similar choices. When children are given clear instructions about what they should be doing, they become more confident and cooperative.
2. Focus on the Task
Instead of negotiating, schedules keep children on task with no option to change the plan.
Kids are natural negotiators. Schedules take away the option for other ideas and keep children focused on the task at hand. Adults no longer take the blame for the activity because the schedule is telling the child the plan. “The schedule says it’s nap time.”
3. Encourage Independence
Instead of feeling ordered, schedules empower children to take charge of their day.
We all love to feel in charge of something and let’s face it, for young children there are few opportunities to be in control. Schedule Power gives a child the confidence to understand and manage their routine without adult prompting or nagging. A child boosts their self-esteem each time they complete a step or master an entire routine. They are encouraged to repeat the activity again and try other tasks in the future.
4. Create Consistency
Instead of guessing, schedules allow new adults to successfully help with routines.
Whether it’s a new babysitter or grandparent, adults who use Schedule Power will immediately know the steps in the routine, how far the child has progressed and what activities remain to be completed. New adults can enter the routine confidently and compliment the child from the beginning. “Wow! You already got your pajamas on! Let’s brush your teeth and then I see it’s story time! Yea! I love reading stories with you!”
5. Transition Easily
Instead of redirecting, schedules show children the routine so they can follow it without adult support.
Moving to a new activity can be difficult for young children. Schedules show children which activity they are working on and what activities are next. When children understand their routine, they are more likely to begin the next activity without adult reminders, managing themselves and their emotions.