Once one becomes a parent, life changes dramatically. While you’re in charge of yourself and have flexibility with what you do and when you do it before kids, things change when you become a parent. Life is taken over by a little human, which demands time and attention and life becomes less flexible as we knew it.
During the early stages and after the birth, midwives and any other medical professionals suggest that you follow a structured routine with your baby for their sleeping, feeding, playing, and so on. So once your child hits the toddler stage, do you still keep a routine going? For the most part - definitely, but how important is it for kids going forward?
While leaving some room for flexibility is excellent, it is hugely suggested that parents provide a routine for their kids all throughout their younger years. Studies indicate that kids with a routine in their life do much better than those without one.
The value of a routine and structure is that it provides a child with a sense of security and certainty. It teaches them about what’s important in life and what they need to focus on. It is very beneficial for younger kids. With a routine bringing organisation to kids’ life, many take it into their adulthood where they find comfort in being organised.
If you’d like to include (more) routines in your household, below are some of the most popular routine ideas, which should be repeated in the same pattern each day/time.
Make the bed, wash, brush teeth and hair, get dressed, prepare school bag, have breakfast.
Help set the table with plates, forks, cups, sit down and dish out your dinner, talk about the day and its highlights or challenges as a family, take dirty plates, forks, cups to the kitchen, put them away in a dishwasher or help wash them under the tap.
Brush your teeth, wash your face, get into pyjamas, read a book, be tucked in bed, good-night kiss.
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