Interview with Jacqueline Harding: Routines for children – why bother?

Routines for children: Why bother?Nick Jr are currently running a great campaign to encourage parents to use routines for children. Clearly routine is something that we are all for here on KiddyCharts, giving our emphasis on routines within our reward charts, and our articles covering the routine topic. Even my little daughter when the class bear came home wrote a routine out for him!

We have been lucky enough to chat to Jacqueline Harding about her thoughts on routine with kids and the interview is here…we cover:

  • What routines are?
  • Why they are important?
  • When should we introduce routines?
  • How do we stop stressing about our babies not being in a routine?

The most difficult aspect of trying to sort out a routine for me when my children were little was pressure that I felt caused by external influences, such as book, advice from friends, or even from the experts.

Jacqueline points out that its actually OK to stop listening to this, and start listening to what our baby says – it is your baby that dictates your routines. And don’t forget this as the child grows up either, yes pick routines that suit your family BUT also work with your child. If you have a little one who gets easily tired, there really is no point in trying to get them to settle too late in the evening. Give them a bedtime routine that suits you and them.

Come along an listen to us have a natter with a cup of tea – its only a few minutes, and could be a big help to you all! Just click on the play button below, kick back and relax…



I'm a mum, a part-time analyst at NelsonHall, and the owner of KiddyCharts, not necessarily in that order, and typically all at once... I have two fantabulus children, Stuntboy and Little Miss Chatterbox, who are the inspiration for my business. They continue to be the driving force of much of what we do in our lives, often when we aren't actually expecting them to be. My long-suffering husband, Brad (ahem), puts up with my rather untidy nature, and haphazard house-keeping (even more ahem) skills. This blog covers my diet coke-induced musings on being a working mum, covering stuff like parenting, reward charts, social media, mummy guilt, which I have a lot of it seems, and anything else that seems relevant or interesting after a shed load of caffeine. I am not trying to be an expert on anything on here, its all about sharing some experiences with a few other people. Hopefully you will find them helpful, interesting, and occasionally they'll bring a knowing smile to your face. So stay for a while, and get to know me, my family and KiddyCharts. Hope you like us all.


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