One of my resolutions is to Treat myself like a toddler. I 've found that much of the advice aimed at children is just as helpful for me.For example, I am reading Nicole Malenfant's Routines and Transitions : A guide for early Childhood Professions. She lays out several strategies for teachers to use in establishing routines for children. Here is a few to consider :
- Turn routines into games. Organizing my desk, not really a game but can be fun and relaxing.
- Control the level of noise. I am much calmer when there's less background noise.
- Organize space so it's attractive and well organized. Outer order contributes to inner calm.
- Plan times each day for relaxing activities.
- Encourage a feeling of belonging, e.g., by displaying children's work and pictures.
- Consider children's reactions when making an unavoidable change. I do better with routines and predictability.
- Balance indoor and outdoor activities.
- Make sure there's plenty of time to get things done without rushing.
- Provide opportunities for curiosity and creativity.
- Speak in a calm voice.
- Explain the behavior you'd like to see in a clear, respectful way.
- Meet peoples basic needs. Children and adults need to eat, drink, go to the bathroom, rest and spend time outside.
Its such a cliche to say that " I learned everything I need to know in Kindergarten, but I find that sometimes the most basic ideas are quite effective.
What would you add to this list ?