How important are routines for our children?

Jess McGlynnJuly 3, 2013

So *insert drum roll here*…

Nick Jnr have been in touch to say that they like my blog and would like me to take part in a discussion on the importance of routines for our children alongside a child development expert.


How terrifying exciting is that!?!

We have a mixed bag of routines in our house.  Meg seems to behave better when we stick to one (I have no idea where she gets that from…) whereas Eli couldn’t give a monkey’s what happens when as long as he gets his dinner at the end of the day(!), so I am really excited to be able to offer whatever input I can to this discussion!

If you want to watch the show, perhaps submit a question on routines and definitely NOT to have a giggle at my expense…the details are below.


How to implement beneficial routines for your little ones and what to do if they don’t take to them immediately.

Show date: 8th July
Show time: 12pm 

Whether your child or children should have a routine or not is an age old debate amongst parents. Do children flourish under a clear routine or do you think it’s better to follow your child’s own natural rhythm and let them take the lead?

Although predictability can be viewed as monotonous for adults, many parents believe that children flourish on repetition.Providing routines can also help kids deal with change. However some parents prefer to adopt a more varied attitude.

How do you strike the balance between child-led activities and consistency? What do you do if your child doesn’t take to a routine? Do you feel like a failure if your kids don’t follow the routine you’re trying to implement? At what age is having a routine most important?

To give parents a hand with negotiating developmental milestones, Nick Jr. has launched a new campaign -Step-by-Step Explore with Dora, which will help parents navigate key developmental stages and teach their children key skills with help from Dora the Explorer.

Joining us to discuss the topic is Jacqueline Harding, a leading child development expert, and parent of two, blogger Jess McGlynn from Catch a Single Thought. 

To access a whole range of Dora themed assets to encourage and reward children on their developmental journey visit

Web Show Logistics

Jacqueline Harding and Jess McGlynn join us live online at on 8th July at 12pm

Click here to submit questions before the show

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