Routines for Kids
Importance of Setting and Keeping Routines for Kids
One of the top parenting tips by many experts is to set and follow routines for your kids. Most people without routines are aware of the need for them, but it can seem an impossible feat- especially when your life seems to be in constant chaos. While difficult, having routines for kids is important and can provide the following benefits:
Following a routine means accomplishing tasks throughout the day. These accomplishments- no matter how big or small- help children feel better about themselves. Even a short morning routine can give a confidence boost for your child throughout the entire day.
Sense of Stability
Routines for kids provide consistency, which is something all children can thrive on. Knowing what happens at what time can provide feelings of comfort, security, and stability to a child. Even those that cannot yet tell time begin to pick up on cues and have an idea of what is coming next.
Increase in Healthy Habits
When children get into routines, such as brushing their teeth every morning and night, it begins to build habits. These habits can follow children into adulthood and then be passed to their own children. By creating and following routines, you give your children the opportunity to build habits that impact generations to come.
Routines for kids can actually benefit the entire home. First, they lead to way fewer arguments with children. When they know that bedtime is coming, there is less of a chance they fight to get out of it. Additionally, their bodies become adapted to sleeping at that time and are more ready to acquiesce.
Second, routines help parents keep things flowing more smoothly. It helps to make sure important things are done and that your family is cared for. It also gives parents the chance to add in family time that might otherwise be difficult to attain.
As you can see, routines can make a positive impact on your household. Fortunately, they do not have to be difficult to put in place. Start small, with just one habit or daily schedule.
For instance, start by setting a dinner time and letting your child help set the table. Once your family has made this dinner time a habit, add in a new one. Keep going until you have a full routine in place.
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