Parenting is a journey.
When I first became a parent I was completely overwhelmed with the huge responsibility of raising a human. I read piles of parenting books and was constantly listening to parenting podcasts. In all my learning something kept popping up - kids thrive with structure. My busy brain didn't know how to create structure for my son...or for myself. We muddled through our days, bouncing from one thing to another. While I still believe some level of spontaneity (and a whole heap of flexibility) is essential for parenting, I felt I was drowning parenting and desperately needed change.
It started with a question.
When my son was a toddler, every day started with the same question, "What are we doing today?" His daily question sparked an idea for me - what if I created a visual schedule of our weekly routine to help him answer his own question. He LOVED it! Sticking to a routine has never been one of my strengths, but I couldn't deny how much it helped my son to have time to mentally prepare for the day ahead. He felt more in control and had fewer meltdowns.
Soon after, I listed the weekly routine chart on Etsy. Almost immediately, I was getting customer requests for more card options, more chart options, different languages, etc... Fast forward three years. My charts hang up in thousands of homes all around the world. With lots of help from my customers, I have fine-tuned my products to be easy to understand for toddlers and functional for families. With over 250 routine cards options, you can create the set that works best for the needs of you and your child.
Not sure you're a "routine chart" kind of parent? I didn't think I was either and that's exactly why it helped so much. When you create your routine with your best intentions you are much more likely to show up as the parent you want to be and make time for the things you truly value. Less screen time? Put it on the schedule. More time to connect? Put it on the schedule.