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April 25, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 171

Are you a planner? Do you need a schedule and calendar to make sure you get to everything you set out to accomplish that day? I don't know where I would be without my iphone and calendar, it is my go to for all our daily activities. And being able to set reminders is critical to getting everywhere we need to be!

Every morning between 6:30 and 7am my kids wake up and start their day. By 8am we are all awake, breakfast started, picking clothes for the day, and usually two or three coloring pages have been completed. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday are school days, Tuesday and Thursday, are not. No matter what day of the week it is though, we still have lots of time to play.

When the twins were little, and until they were almost three, I was a firm believer in having a schedule and sticking to it. Now, I am still a believer in having routines for parts of our day, but we have also adapted more of a "go with the flow" mentality. A typical day for us when they were babies would be up and breakfast done by 8:30am, out the door by 9am so we could make it to stroller strides on time. Class went until 11:15 with some play time after and then was our time to do an errand. We were home by 12:30 for lunch and they were down for a nap by 1pm.

Having a schedule and routine with my kids really worked for us. But you know what is best for your family and twins. It is how we got through the day, knowing there was something planned in the mornings and naptime in the afternoons.

Now because they are older, we can be more flexible. It is replaced with play places and going to the project store so we can get something for the twins to do during the afternoon hours. We don't have to have lunch at the same time every day, in fact, it usually isn't the same time, it is when we get home or whatever I packed to take to a park or play place. When they are hungry, they tell me and we eat, I don't force them to sit down and have lunch so they can nap like I used to.

There is one routine that we have kept since they were a week old and that is bed time. We have done the same bedtime routine for 4 years and believe this is why we never had a hard time getting my kids to go to sleep. Don't get me wrong though, there were nights when one would just want to cuddle and we would do that, but for the majority of nights, we stuck with our bedtime routine.

So today, I will consult my phone and our day will involve some play time in the morning, lunch, and then park in the afternoon with friends, dinner, and bed time. It is amazing how our days have changed but our consistency and fun haven't.

Remember, there is no perfect schedule or routine! You do what you think it best for your twins when they need it! What works for you might not work for someone else. I don't want you to think you have to go through your days like we did, they are just one example of what works for one person. You be you and the best parent for your twins!

For us, part of life is being able to count on the consistent things, like family and friends, and also being able to deal with and handle the inconsistencies too, like schedule changes and interruptions in your day. Having exposure to that now will help make for more well rounded kids and young adults later.

Have a great day and remember to SMILE!

Kristen Russell is a work at home mom and elementary educator who spent the last 11 years educating children in public and private schools. She is a down to earth mom who exposes how important quality time and values are along with how to make learning a fun experience for both the children and parents. She is transitioning from teaching in the schools to one of the best positions in the world, staying a stay at home mom, one bag at a time. For more activities with preschoolers and to connect with our community visit

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