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Help with schedule please.

I have a son that will be 3 in July, a dd that is 15m and another dd that is 3m. I need the older 2 to get on a schedule. We are at home all day.
How long is a good amount of time for them to play outside?
How much t.v.?
Other things they can do?
My 15m old is the only one of the 2 that will take a nap and she only takes 1 right after lunch. Any ideas on a schedule?

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Asked by Anonymous at 8:56 AM on Mar. 24, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • T.V. - leave it on for 4hrs tops during the day

    Outside - 20-30mins tops at a time

    Let them color, make crafts, do age appt workbooks with them

    As for naps, make them all lay down, even if they dont go to sleep it will relax them if they are alwound up from the day...


    Answer by HottMamaRossx2 at 9:09 AM on Mar. 24, 2009

  • i personally don't think there should be a time limit on outside play, as long as they are dressed for the weather, having sun screen on and well hydrated you should let kids out side having a great time.


    Answer by jemdreamz1214 at 9:47 AM on Mar. 24, 2009

  • Outside as much as possible if the weather's nice! It will help you all cope with being home all day a little better. I'd save the tv for only the 3 year-old during the 15 mo's nap. With 3 kids so young you may have to use it for entertainment/distraction from time to time, but I think 4 hours is WAY too much, honestly. Try to have lots of books around, see if the 3 yo will "read" to the little one (I'm sure he has some books memorized). Coloring is good, kind of hard at 15 months but should become possible soon.

    Answer by EmilySusan at 11:20 AM on Mar. 24, 2009

  • For a schedule, you could have books and playtime in the morning while you have your coffee or get breakfast, feed kids breakfast, go outside for a bit... Come in around 10 for a snack, try to make that an activity (sitting at the table), so it takes more time and everyone's seated. Then you could play inside or outside for another stretch before lunch. Naptime/ quiet time after lunch... In the afternoon you could go for a walk in the double stroller while wearing baby (if you have those accessories)... have coloring, etc. Afternoon snack an hour and a half before dinner time.

    Answer by EmilySusan at 11:23 AM on Mar. 24, 2009

  • Kids in general should have 60 mins of physical activity during the day. Even if it is 10 mins at a time. It is up to u to set a schedule. It took a little while to get my son into a regular schedule but his bedtime is at 8:00 and he sleeps until 9:00am. Gets up and eats breakfast, we play for an hour or two, he gets a healthy snack and is awake for another hour. At noon he goes down for a nap. (He doesn't always sleep, but he is in his bedroom for atleast an hour before he is allowed to get up again.) and then has lunch or an equivalent and supper at 6. Bed again at 8. It is harder to do it with 3 children but if you start with just a set bed time, You can work from there. And your 3 year old should understand that he/she needs to be in the bedroom quiet for a set time and if he makes noise time starts over again. They will get the hint soon.

    Answer by PhotographyM0m at 11:45 AM on Mar. 24, 2009

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