For most adults, our daily lives consist of patterns and routines. We might wake up at the same time each morning or head to work at the same time each day. Some routines take place and we don’t even recognize them as being routines. Things like taking a shower right after you wake up or packing your lunch for work. Routines don’t just help adults stay on schedule but they help regulate young kids as well.
Consistent routines are activities or tasks that happen at about the same time each day. When young children can expect a certain activity at a certain time, they develop feelings of safety, security, and stability. Routines help young children trust adults/caregivers to meet their basic needs.
Routines should be established around your kid’s needs. If your kids have a hard time waking up in the morning, start their day later not earlier. If your kids need more sleep, start their night time routine right after dinner. Here are a few simple routines you can start with your kids today:
-Hand washing before eating
– Story time after dinner
-Bath time after story time
-Getting dressed after waking up
-Free play after breakfast
-Nap time after lunch
Remember, routines take patience and consistency to become effective. Hang in there!