Routines are crucial for our kids to make sense of their day and to know what to expect. How can we bring in supportive routines at home?
Routines are important for children of all ages. They provide a sense of security, can help reduce stress and anxiety, and can make it easier for children to learn and develop. But, if you’re a parent, you may be wondering how to start implementing routines with your child. Here are some tips for bringing routines into your family:
1. Start small - Don’t try to introduce too much too soon. Start with one or two activities that your child can become familiar with and build from there.
2. Make it fun - Routines don’t have to be boring or tedious. Incorporate activities that your child enjoys and make them a regular part of your routine.
3. Keep it consistent - Try to keep the same activities at the same time every day. This will help your child become accustomed to the routine and make it easier to stick to. However, don't be too rigid when plans change - flexibility is also important.
4. Involve your child - Ask your child to help you create the routine and make it their own. This can help them take ownership of the routine and make them more likely to follow it.
5. Be flexible - Routines are meant to give structure and stability to a child’s life, but they don’t have to be rigid. It’s ok to make adjustments as needed and to allow for some flexibility. What matters is to make sure that these routines work for your family in real life.
Routines can be a great way to bring structure and security into your child’s life. With a little patience and creativity, you can create a routine that works for your family. Good luck!
In this week's video guide, I share some more ideas for how to create effective, enjoyable routines for your child, as well as share some of my own experiences with my children.
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