Routines, or a set of guidelines and actions you follow during the day, give your day some structure. Children typically thrive following a routine as it enforces consistency – your child knows what to expect during the day.
Here are some additional benefits of following a routine:
- It helps develop good habits such as brushing your teeth, cleaning up or reading before bed.
- Routines help encourage independence and give a sense of accomplishment.
- It offers stability during stressful times.
- It helps your child get through a long day (or week) because it gives them something to look forward to.
- Routines don’t have to be chores. Family game night every Saturday can also be a routine, creating a bond between your family.
Remember that routines should be flexible. You do not need to account for every minute of the day; some routines are okay to break. For example, if there is a beautiful bird in the garden after dinner, you can go look at the bird before clearing the table.