The important dozen- Why routines are important for children
Whether you are a parent to a baby /a toddler or a kid any other age,the most to you to be -
Setting children into routines? Easier said than done! The daily rigmarole, your work pressure, health issues, family ideas, beliefs and pressures are all as if conniving together to give you excuses to give up. They all seem to be bent upon making you loosen up your disciplined ,schooled self.While I completely empathise sympathise with you -having gone through the entire work vs house duties vs child duties and affection vs tiredness vs relaxed discipline cycle myself- fact remains - ROUTINES are for children for their balanced growth into healthy, sound teenagers and later on adults.
The entire process of growing up right from the baby's birth is marked with CHANGE in every aspect of his life.Physical, mental, social and emotional growth all have CHANGE associated with them on almost daily basis. From giving up bottles to their standing as babies of the house to new skills learnt to accepting new people in their lives -read friends, teachers - to coming to terms with their wide range of emotions,childhood is not easy for children.
Routines, while setting children onto the path of RIGHT growth also provide just the right amount of prompting to catch the RIGHT path to growth.
12. Routines bond families together – Children build life long associations to routines like entire family having dinner together.
Having listed and maybe imbibed the above, it is also a must to realize that too much structure dulls our and children’s sense of spontaneity .So set in routines but with sensitivity, don’t be oppressive be flexible too. Enjoy the bumps and mishaps. Setting routines takes time, effort and consistency .Start now, even babies and toddlers can be set to routines. Be patient, praise effort not result, focus on what is going well and thus see your children thrive on routines.