My kids are my life, so yeah they are planned into it. I organize things around sleeps, I don't randomly let them stay up at night. We occasionally go out to dinner with them, but to be honest I'd rather go out to dinner without them so more often we will get a babysitter. My life revolves around my children, but I fit my stuff in too - like exercise, catching up with friends etc. There is zero benefit to me in not giving my kids their daily naps, home cooked dinners, early to bed time etc so I only don't do it when there is a birthday party or something special to go to.
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02-07-2012 21:06 #31Senior Member
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02-07-2012 21:14 #32
Bit of both. I try to plan around kinder and nap time, some kinder days dd has a late nap so I can pick her brother up.
02-07-2012 21:32 #33
DD1 -we followed her routine and planned life around her naps/bed time etc - a nightmare if we didn't get her to bed on time
DS1 - we were more flexible and he learned to sleep in the pram/car if we were out and about, an easy going baby
DS2 - routine? The only routine he knows is the school/sport taxi service! A super relaxed bubba who has no choice but to go with the flow...
Conclusion - the more children you have the more relaxed you routine becomes and the better your babe reacts to a out-of-routine situation...
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02-07-2012 21:55 #34
Go with the flow. I honestly couldn't tell you how much or often katelyn sleeps or feeds during the day. the only thing is sometimes I'll time leaving the house if she's getting tired I'll get her to sleep first. but overall yeah whatever..
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03-07-2012 01:32 #36
DD doesn't really have a routine yet but I do try to time an outing with a sleep or at the very least a full belly. She's more content and I can get done what I need to.
03-07-2012 09:06 #37Senior Member
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I plan around nap times... I try not to go out until ds2 has had his morning nap. If we have parties that start in the middle of either kids nap time we will either rock up early or late. I don't like disturbing their sleep, it makes A big difference to their night time sleep. And unless we are going to someone's house, I don't toe them out at night. I get mum to babysit.
03-07-2012 09:21 #38
When I had my first daughter, my mum said "make their life fit in with yours, not your life fit in with theirs". And it's the best piece of advice I have ever received. From day one we go about our normal business. I know it wouldn't work for everyone but it works for us.
03-07-2012 09:29 #39
Bit of both
Babies - go with the flow
Pre school - go with the follow except bed time when we are home
School - plan around school and activities
Adult - plan what we can with her and the rest we just hope and pray
03-07-2012 09:31 #40
I guess we are a bit of both. I try to be home for DS nap at lunch time but if we are going out at night i just push the nap back a bit and he is happy to stay up and doesnt tend to get grumpy about it.
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