Parenting and family experts agree that children thrive when there is consistency and security in the home. Daily routines help to organize life activities and provides a predictable structure that guides behavior in a child’s world.
Here are just a few of the many benefits of daily routines:
Reduces anxiety, especially during transitions
Transitioning between activities can be stressful for kids. A well thought out routine helps reduce anxiety because kids will know what happens next and what’s expected of them.
Increases a sense of anticipation about what’s ahead
When kids know what’s on the schedule, they can anticipate the activities and events that they enjoy, such as family pizza night on Fridays or a trip to the playground on Saturday afternoon.
Promotes self discipline and independence
With daily routines, kids learn when to brush their teeth, do homework after school, and what order to perform certain tasks. When they know what’s expected of them, they’re more likely to take control of their activities without rebelling or feeling bossed around. Daily routines empower kids by giving them the opportunity to take control of their day to day tasks. Kids feel a sense of accomplishment in knowing what they’re supposed to do, and doing it by themselves.
Establishes and reinforces healthy habits
Kids thrive on repetition and routine. Brushing teeth after meals, washing hands before having a snack and getting enough sleep each night are just a few examples of seemingly small habits that can have a big impact on your child’s life and health.
Provides a sense of security
Consistency and predictability are very important parts of creating structure at home. When kids can anticipate what will happen throughout their day, they feel more comfortable and in control. They can focus better and won’t need to spend their time wondering about what will happen next.