Schedules vs. rhythms
Baby sleep schedule? Potty training? library storytime? toddler snack time?
Phew! I’m exhausted just thinking about it. Today, I want to share with you a little bit about using rhythms instead of schedules.
What’s the difference between a rhythm and a schedule?
A schedule is based on the time of day whereas a rhythm is based on the natural movement of the day.
For example, brushing teeth or jumping in the shower after having breakfast. There is a general order with which each of us, as creatures of habit will follow.
Children are similar. We can google all the baby sleep schedules and toddler snacking ideas and schedules we want but at the end of the day, it all comes down to their rhythm.
So when we as parents are trying to put new things into our schedule, trying to potty train a 3-year-old, or trying to implement a new bedtime routine, we can make it just a little easier on ourselves by learning our children’s rhythms.
Similarly, if we want to add a habit to our own routine, we can put it somewhere in our natural rhythm.
For example, when I wanted to add affirmations to my morning routine, I simply recorded them on voice memos and played them aloud while I got dressed and brushed my teeth. I took an existing rhythm and added it in.
What do you think? Do you like sticking to a strict time schedule or following the rhythm of life?
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