How to organize your days in confinement to preserve your child's rhythm and landmarks?
In this period when time is suspended, it is essential to maintain the child's bearings . The notion of passing time is a difficult notion for young children to grasp. But how to do it ? Discover our ideas!
Structure your child's days
Even in times of confinement, and elsewhere, particularly at this time when the situation is so different from what the child is used to living, he will need our days to be structured:
- To ensure psychological and emotional security: the more predictable the child's daily life, the more reassuring it is.
- To guarantee that the time is stable, as a continuity between before confinement, during and after confinement. The stability of habits is reassuring for the toddler, just like for us adults.
Maintain daily rituals to structure time
Eating as a family gives rhythm to the day . The wait then becomes an expected pleasure to meet again. Try to keep these meal times together as much as possible.
Wash like everyday
Wash yourself by carrying out the treatments in the same order as usual (the pajamas after the evening bath) and with the same rituals as usual such as "spraying" on the soap or putting on the washcloth to wash off.
To visualize the passage of time, offer an hourglass or a timer: the boiled egg timer offers 3 minutes ideal for brushing your teeth! The child actively experiences the notions of seconds and minutes through his movements.
Respect bedtime rituals
Go to bed with the same rituals as usual : put your doll to bed, line up her slippers, turn on the bedside light… and read the story with mom and dad.
Our tip for making a day's progress concrete
Making the course of a day concrete allows your child to acquire the logic of the succession of the different times :
- Take a picture of him during his daily routines: in the kitchen for breakfast, in the bathroom for the toilet, in the bedroom to get dressed, in the living room to play ...
- Display these photos at its height, in the logical sense of the writing.
- Play with him what will happen before or what will happen after.
Give the child time
Take advantage of having time to let it act on its own. And as Maria Montessori says , it is enough just to "help him to do it alone" .
The toddler needs a long time to put on his panties, to cut his banana with a knife… under the confident gaze of his parent.
This long time is the best educational tool to try, make mistakes, start over, over and over again ... without getting bored with, on the contrary, a lot of attention and concentration on your actions.
No need to tell him when he made a mistake because the child learns much more from his mistakes if he notices them alone. And then, trust the pants put on inside out. The button will end up in the back and the legs will be stuck.
To conclude, these "little things" of everyday life reassure the child because he feels the changes in the usual atmosphere of his home. The fact that these “little things” of everyday life remain regular and punctuate his day, guarantees him that his environment remains stable and reassuring.