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RHYTHM, as defined by Merriam-Webster dictionary is the movement, fluctuation, or variation marked by the regular recurrence or natural flow of related elements. We might think that this is only found in specific things, like music, for example. But if we look closer, we shall see that rhythm is all over – in our bodies, environment, seasons, and many more.

Even our children need rhythm. During summers, when our children take days off from school, we adults tend to just let our children loose from their rhythm or their daily “routine”. What about rhythm, why do our children need them?

For children below nine years, we need to help them establish good habits which they learn by imitation and repetition. How do we instill good habits? Through repetition. Through this, we are bringing to them lessons which will be in their pockets that will come in handy when they become adults.

Then you may also ask, summer is supposed to be my child’s break from those academic routines, won’t it be too much to put rhythm on them this time? The answer is NO. We must bear in mind that our children don’t take a break from being children; they will only grow up day by day. We ought to bear in mind that parents need to seize the numbered days when we are able to reach out to them directly by the heart and give them what they need as they grow up.

How does this rhythm that I am writing about look like?

It would be great if you can be consistent with the child’s waking time, classes or no classes. Then your child can take a bath and have breakfast after. Then she can help with the house chores and then play outdoors after, for around 30 – 45 minutes. Making your child feel that you trust her with responsibilities will make her feel good and happy; trust her with the dishes and the sweeping of the floors. After those little chores, your child can do things that will help her fine motor skills, like sewing, beeswax, knitting, and origami. When you do this, be patient with your child. Remember, your hands are way larger than those wee, little hands of your child.

After, then it is drawing time. Let the child draw to enhance imagination. When the tot is drawing on paper, please avoid screen times and just let his imagination run free. And please, please, do not ask what he is drawing. Just let your child be. After, it may be time to prepare lunch, tell the adult to let the child do the dicing of vegetables but with adult supervision; this will help enhance their fine motor skills. After lunch, set some quiet time for your child. She may or may not take afternoon naps.

By three PM, the child may eat a bit of sweets, and of course, play outside. Then, he can help with the chores, like cleaning the lawn. It will be great if they see adults doing meaningful work, like gardening, at the same time. Then, let him help again during dinner preparation. Before taking supper, they can take half-baths. Then in a short while after supper, it is time for bed.

 If you are working, do not worry. You do not need to be at home all the time; you can assign adults who are left at home to run this rhythm for your child. The main point is to put rhythm to their lives even without school. And, yes. It requires the dedicated will of an adult. This is the best time to instill to them that there are always meaningful things to do wherever, whenever. This also gives a strong embodiment to the message that we always want to convey to our children: that there is always time for everything.

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