This is NOT a Second Honeymoon: Establish and Maintain Routines

This article is extracted from “This is NOT a Second Honeymoon: Helping Couples Survive Spending A Lot of Time Together”, a book that was written by Christopher L. Smith to help couples during the COVID-19 pandemic. In his clinical work, he realized that couples being quarantined together have particular challenges. The book goes into a lot of these challenges along with strategies to survive these types of times and even to have their relationship thrive. We will be sharing a series of these extracts over several weeks to help you. If you would like to look at all of them together and get the book right away, it can be found on Amazon (Book).

Just as you and your partner have to look at routines that work for you, so too, you need to find routines that work your children. It may take some trial to establish routines that will work, but once you do, maintaining the routine will help to provide structure and stability for your children. Even more so, it will help you and your partner to have structure and stability in this area of your life.

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One of the largest blocks of routines is also a new block for your household – school.  Just  like  work  was  a  significant  factor  for  you  and  your  partner, routines within this new block are critical for your child. But it is not only children that need these routines, but you do as well. If these are not established well, then you are setting yourself up for conflicts with the schedules you have for you and your partner.

Some of the routines you establish may replace routines that use to exist. For example, the routines around getting up in the morning by getting o" to school may have to be adapted as everyone works differently to start their days in the same space. What is important is that you and your partner both understand the routines you are establishing (or altering) and how you plan to maintain them. Here's the Book.


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