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Hi! I'm new and having a hard time with keeping my kids on a schedule.

Posted by on Jul. 1, 2013 at 10:37 AM
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Hi :) my name is ky.
I have a 4yo and a 2yo who are both in the process of being evaluated for asd. boy doctors (they're seeing two separate drs) have said they do have asd but to wait for the evals to be done for more info. anywho, I've noticed that my boys do better on a schedule but I am having a hard time keeping them on one. I either lose track of time, someone gets sick, my husbands work schedule changes and it messes us all up or we gr scheduled for an appointment at an odd time and it throws he kids off.
is there any special tips for scheduling? I'm just overwhelmed and trying to keep things going. I'm starting to feel like a failure.
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mlogsdon
by on Jul. 1, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Welcome :) 

I use my phone for scheduling all appointments and only schedule times that don't interfere with the regular schedule, if possible. I know certain times of day work better for us, so i try to get those times whenever i can. It doesn't always work if its a specialist that gets booked quickly, but most times i can get a time i want with only a few days difference. Also, i don't even consider my husbands work schedule, i do everything myself since he often has last minute 24 hour shifts, or week long training rotations out of town. It just makes it easier if i make a schedule that works for me, and he works his way in when hes able to. 

darbyakeep45
by Darby on Jul. 2, 2013 at 9:17 AM

Welcome to the group Ky!

arkansasmama08
by Gold Member on Jul. 2, 2013 at 9:46 AM
We have the same problem. I have a hard time sticking to things lol. We've found it works better to not go by the clock but to just do certain things in the same order. So, instead of saying breakfast at 7, get dressed at 7:30, outside from 7:30-9, etc, we just say breakfast, get dressed, chores, playtime, lunch, cartoons, nap, snack, etc. Its enough structure to keep the kids in line and I'm not totally stressed by being glued to the clock.
Of course, this is a little different during the school year when we have school time and therapies and stuff where we have to be on a tighter schedule.
meandmyboys124
by Member on Jul. 2, 2013 at 10:52 AM
we have pt, ot and speech during the week, right in the middle of lunch time so its been rather hectic.
the only reason my husbands schedule affects ours is because he switches back and forth between day and night shifts. he works 12 hour shifts so when he works days, he doesn't get to see our children. I think we will have to suck it up and just make sure dinner and bed is around the same time even if the kids won't get to see their daddy for a few days
sadiebug1228
by on Jul. 2, 2013 at 11:54 AM
Welcome!

We rnt great at keeping schedules either but what I try to do is all appts r at the same time in the morning and so is ot on Mondays and I try to do grocery shopping at the same time in the evenings once a week. She's used to going out at certain times so it keeps her calm
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mandee1503
by Amanda on Jul. 2, 2013 at 12:19 PM
Welcome to the group.
Linagma03
by Gold Member on Jul. 4, 2013 at 12:33 AM

Welcome to the group! During the summer the schedule is rather loose. The only things that are on a definite time is her medication. I have an alarm clock in the bedroom for 6am med, one in the livingroom for 6pm med, and then the alarm on my cell phone is for taking her blood pressure followed by her bp medication. Lina is allowed to stay up until I decide to go to bed, she won't go to sleep until I am in the room with her. Lina has seizure disorder which is currently under control with medication and she has severe seperation anxiety so she has her bed in our room. 

When she is in school her schedule is fairly rigid. She has been out of school for almost 3 weeks and I think I am going to have to give her a definate bed time and maybe wake up time. She has begun to have some issues with her behavior and I have noticed that it is worse on the days that she stayed up real late the night before, even if she went back to sleep after taking her medication. She had me so mad at her the other day in the store I came close to just leaving my things and bringing her home to leave with dh and go back all by myself. After thinking about it she had stayed up late and for what ever reason got up right after her medicine, I should've known it wasn't going to be a good day. 


letstalk747
by Joy on Jul. 4, 2013 at 12:57 AM

welcome ky , im joy , glad you are here

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