Research has shown how routines help children, especially young children, benefit from a sense of structure. Further, consistent routines make a child feel safe and help them develop self-discipline.
Unfortunately, many people believe that routines take away from the playfulness and spontaneity of childhood. Nothing could be further from the truth. The article, Why Kids Need Routines, from ahaparenting.com talks about the fact that structure does not have to be oppressive. In fact, routines help to build traditions and make life feel easier and cozier for children.
The article lists seven benefits of using routines with children:
- Routines eliminate power struggles
- Routines help kids cooperate
- Routines help kids learn to take charge of their own activities
- Kids learn the concept of “looking forward” to the things they enjoy
- Regular routines help kids get on a schedule
- Routines help parents build in those precious connection moments
- Schedules help parents maintain consistency in expectations
Growing up involves a lot of change. Routines offer children predictability and allow them to feel safe and ready to take on new challenges and tasks as they come.
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