wow look... a real teacher turned mommy post! (not sure when I posted one of these last!)
As a teacher I recognized the importance of routines and schedules. Children need to know what is happening and what is going to happen next. They thrive off of routines and the knowledge that they know what is going on. I always had a flexible schedule in my classroom (I literally wrote it on the blackboard everyday and told them I wrote it with chalk so we could change it as needed). Have a flexible schedule helps children deal with change and they know that after the change things will get back to normal.
As a mommy I have a routine for our day which I've tweaked as Blake has grown and changed. But, let me tell you it has helped tremendously with the addition of Colby and even more so when I was in the hospital. I typed up "A day in the life of Blake" and left it so that anyone who was watching him could see what he typically would be doing when. Many of the times are flexible and the activities are pretty open, but he knows what is happening and when.
I have kept Blake's breakfast, lunch, nap and bedtime routines solid even with the addition of Colby. We have tweaked little things like tv time and outside times because of the fact that I'm nursing Colby. But, for the most part Blake's life is constant.
Now, will things continue to change... absolutely! But, when changes are made subtly and kept consistent they will then become the new routine.