We all know that school holidays are great fun! You get to do many different activities, see friends and even, at times, go on holiday. These are all the marvels every child looks forward to but when they do take place, routines go out the window.
It is of great importance to establish a routine each term when your child goes back to school as it brings comfort and consistency into their everyday functions. Allow us to take you through the importance of having an everyday routine, what a daily routine can consist of and how to structure a routine for your child.
Why is a daily routine crucial for your child?
A routine is essential as normality helps instill stability in a child’s everyday activities. Change is important but continuous change can cause unwanted and unnecessary stress.
With a well-established routine, children become more inclined to complete activities without subjecting and in time even start to take pride in what they do because they are doing it by themselves. This, in turn, leads to developing constructive habits such as time management and self-discipline.
What can a daily routine consist of?
Each household has a different routine and this is because each family does what they feel works best for them. According to Dictionary.com the definition of a routine is, “commonplace tasks, chores, or duties as must be done regularly or at specified intervals; typical or everyday activity”. (Click on this link for more information: https://www.dictionary.com/browse/routine)
Therefore, daily routines can consist of the following things;
- Times that your children get up in the morning.
- Chores and homework that is completed at specific times during the day.
- Bath, meal and bedtimes.
- Sports, spending time outdoors and time spent with the family.
All the above-mentioned points have to be completed at particular times of the day, each day.
How to set up a daily routine
- Start by creating set times for when your child wakes up in the morning, what time they go to bed and when they eat their meals. These aspects are the things that will affect your child the most. Therefore, establishing these first will help bring in other aspects with a little more ease.
- After establishing the tasks that you would like to have as a routine, keep it consistent. For something to become a routine or habit it will have to be exercised frequently. Although the frequency of these activities is crucial, allow some room for adjustment. When school holidays come around these can be adjusted.
- Make sure that your routine is healthy for the children. Monitor how the routine is affecting the children and ensure to change or adjust the routine if you are seeing any negative results. Once again, each family is different in the way things are done. For example, if you are not able to make dinner for your children every night at 17:00 because you get home late then change the mealtime to 18:00.
- Remember, patience is a virtue. If you haven’t established a routine before then it may need some getting used to. Bear in mind that the children will have to do the desired tasks frequently for it to become a habit. Keep calm when things don’t seem to go smoothly in the beginning. It takes time.
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