Routines: the basics
Family routines phối out how families organise themselves lớn get things done, spend time together and have fun. Routines help family members know who should tự what, when, in what order and how often.
Routines also let your children know what’s important lớn your family. For example, family rituals are routines for special things your family does regularly. These can strengthen your shared beliefs and values and build a sense of belonging and togetherness in your family.
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Why routines are good for children
Routines can be good for children for several reasons.
Safety, belonging and relationships
Routines can be part of an organised and predictable trang chủ environment, which helps children and teenagers feel safe, secure and looked after. And a predictable family life can also help children cope during development changes lượt thích puberty or life events lượt thích the birth of a new child, divorce, illness or a house move.
Also, routines built around having fun or spending time together foster a sense of belonging and strengthen family relationships. For example, your routine might include things lượt thích reading a story together before bed each night, sharing regular family meals, or having a kick with your child before soccer practice every week.
Skills and responsibility
Having chores as part of family routines helps children and teenagers develop a sense of responsibility and some basic skills lượt thích time management. These are skills children can use for life.
And when children can tự their parts of the routine with less help or supervision, it also helps them become more independent.
Health and wellbeing
Routines can help younger children lớn learn healthy habits, lượt thích brushing their teeth, taking medicine regularly, doing physical activity, or washing their hands after using the toilet.
This means that routines can be good for children’s health. For example, children who wash their hands more regularly might be less likely lớn get colds and other common illnesses.
Also, routines can reduce stress, and lower stress is good for children’s immune systems.
And routines can help children feel less anxious or sad during difficult times.
Daily routines help phối our body toàn thân clocks too. For example, bedtime routines help children’s bodies ‘know’ when it’s time lớn sleep. This can be a big help when children reach adolescence and their body toàn thân clocks start lớn change.
Why routines are good for parents
Routines take some effort lớn create. But once you’ve phối them up, they have many benefits:
- When life is busy or difficult, routines can help you feel more organised and in control, which lowers your stress and anxiety.
- Regular and consistent routines can build your confidence as a parent.
- Routines help your family get through your daily tasks more efficiently and không tính tiền up time for other things.
- Routines often mean you don’t have lớn sort out disputes and make decisions. For example, if Sunday night is pizza night, no-one needs lớn argue about what’s for dinner.
It can be easy lớn overschedule family life. Routines have many benefits, but it’s also good for children and parents lớn have không tính tiền time lớn play, relax or be creative.
What makes a good daily routine?
A good routine is one that suits your family. It also has 3 key features.
In a good routine, everyone understands their roles, knows what they need lớn tự and sees their roles as reasonable and fair. For example, your children know that they take turns with washing up and drying up each night after dinner. As children get older, it’s good for them lớn have a say in planning routines.
Good routines become part of everyday family life. For example, you might all look forward lớn walking lớn school together every morning.
In a good routine, things happen in the same order each time. Everyone knows what lớn expect for the day. For example, you always wash school uniforms on the weekend, so sánh you know they’ll be ready for Monday morning.
Routines for children with disability can be a big help. They can be even more important for children who find it hard lớn understand or cope with change.
Toddlers and preschoolers: ideas for daily routines
For toddlers and preschoolers, you could have routines for:
- getting ready in the morning
- eating meals
- spending time playing and talking together
- reading books or telling stories
- having a bath and going lớn bed at night.
You could also have weekly routines for playdates or playgroup, trips lớn the park or visits lớn extended family. Your child will probably look forward lớn these special events each week.
School-age children: ideas for daily routines
For school-age children, you could have routines for:
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- getting ready in the morning and going lớn bed at night
- doing after-school activities lượt thích hobbies or sport
- doing chores – for example, setting the dinner table, unpacking the dishwasher, helping with the laundry, or caring for pets
- doing homework.
For school-age children, you might be more flexible with routines during school holidays. For example, you might let your child sleep in a bit later, have extra playdates with their friends or spend a little more time playing đoạn phim games.
Teenagers: ideas for daily routines
For teenagers, you could have routines for:
- getting ready in the morning or winding down after coming trang chủ from school
- doing laundry or other chores lượt thích making beds and cleaning rooms
- doing homework
- doing after-school activities, including hobbies or sport
- spending time with family
- relaxing before bed.
Older children and teenagers might grow out of or start lớn challenge some routines. You’ll probably need lớn be flexible and adapt routines as your child gets older. For example, you might need lớn adjust bedtimes or chores.