I just finished reading the article keeping the peace in this month's Mothering, about the 3 R's (rules, rituals and routines, none of which we really have) and I confirmed what I feared: we live in chaos. DH and I run our own business, and before DS we were used to skipping meals, sleeping late, living life as it presented itself. With DS we have tried to have some sort of routine, but it just doesn't work! I don't know if this is affecting him (he is almost 4) or not, he has some tantrum issues once in a while, but I don't think anything worse than other kids. I wanted to convince myself that he could become more easier to adapt later on in life (he often naps wherever he is when he is tired, doesn't have a fixed bed time and we all eat whenever, but snack if we're hungry, etc.) but after reading this article I felt like I'm doing him some irreversible damage... what do you think? If you have a routine-less family, has this affected you?
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5/24/03 at 1:45am