It’s more than likely that you probably already have some type of structure or routine at home. If you’re not sure you’re probably looking to create one. Life is so fast paced that we almost never get to take things slow, most of the time both parents are working parents and that creates a busy life on its own with that being said we don’t get the chance to slow down!
So what is a rhythm?
A daily rhythm is a basic routine or schedule that creates the framework for your day. Following a daily rhythm and weekly routine or rhythm, can increase productivity and help you focus as you flow from task to task as defined in this great article Rhythm of play . A rhythm solves so many problems from reducing tantrums, anticipation of future activities, ease of transition and learning!
How do you create a rhythm?
I would start by thinking of all the things you already do weekly and daily , writing down a list of everything you currently do. Think of a day to day basis and include daily and weekly chores, morning and evening routines, regularly appointments, running errands, family activities, work, fitness, time to play or school.
You want your rhythm to have a well balance flow meaning you want to follow more energetic activities with restful activities and restful activities with expansive activities.
For example if you’re doing park day you want to do some quiet time at home.
The right rhythm will create a good habit, yes I know that sounds awful because who wants to do the same all boring thing over and over again. The beauty of a rhythm is that you’re not obligated to do each thing by the minute, go with the flow, Life is happening.
Once you have it done you let your daily rhythm sorta become a daily and weekly habit, once it’s there you just let your self unfold around it which will allow you to move/ transition from task to task. This is especially important for kids because they will know what to expect and having a rhythm will allow them to recognize and build self discipline to move on to the next task/activity with ease.
Thinking of it this way, once you no longer have to think about what to do next and you move easily through your day that’s when you know you’ve got the right rhythm.
*each day has a focus/ main activity and each activity changes periodically according to season and enrollment of classes.