Routines can be repetitive. You go through your day in the same way with little deviation from the plan.
But when you have kids, these routines give them stability and comfort, something that they need in those tender young years.
Routines are great for all children because they help kids know what to expect. This is especially helpful when school is out and you need to keep your ship sailing smoothly instead of sinking into rough waters.
Here are some more benefits of routines for your kids:
1. Routines stop power struggles
When kids know what they’re supposed to be doing and when, you’ll have no arguments. Routines teach kids to know what to expect and what you expect from them.
Set a schedule with your child and let them be part of the process.
This way, they get a chance to have some control over something. Power struggles often arise because kids feel like they have no control, so nip it in the bud by giving them something small to be in charge of.
2. With power comes self control
A child that feels like they are in charge of themselves feels more confident.
You shouldn’t allow them to control everything but letting them take care of certain tasks like getting things ready for school or brushing teeth without you standing about like a prison guard will leave you pleasantly surprised.
By giving more freedom in these areas, you’ll find your kids rise to the occasion and do what they’re supposed to do.
3. Good things are anticipated
Routines might be predictable, but so too can be good things.
Your scheduled routine shouldn’t be all work and no play. Make a weekly habit of going to the park or doing something fun together.
Every routine should have fun scheduled in from family game nights to making or ordering pizza together. Kids especially love to have fun and when you give them something to look forward to, they’ll be excited and happier to go about the routine.
4. Sleep is better for everyone
Unwinding and going to sleep is important for the whole family.
Ideally, you should start this trend at an early age. Night time activities should always be more relaxing.
Lights should be dimmed and sounds should be soothing to help everyone in the household calm and prepare for sleep.
Your children should have a bedtime routine that helps them to come out of the chaos and get ready for bed. Baths, stories, and snuggles before bed are all great ways to make this time more special.
5. Consistency is everything
Routines are the best way to keep things consistent in the family.
Sometimes, unexpected things pop up but when a routine is established, it keeps things running well. Plus, kids that know what they’re supposed to do will do those things by themselves, making it easier for you to do more important things.
If your household is lacking in routine, get the family together to create one. It will strengthen your bond and give everyone a sense of accomplishment and organization that will lead to more positivity.
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