How many times has your pediatrician advised that your child needs a routine? Methods involve recurrence. They can provide opportunities for children to experience success in their everyday lives. A routine can help a child learn responsibility and build their self-esteem.
So what’s the problem? Creating wholesome habits and improving proficiency will flow over into adulthood. Our position as moms is to create responsible adults. Creating a routine can also relieve our children and secure them in knowing there is certainty in their lives.
Millennial Mom lives are busy; it’s difficult at times to create a routine. It may seem easier to just go with the flow. But, structured methods for busy, stressful, important and even fun times can make our lives more efficient.
Why are routines necessary?
Nagging can make us the bad guy. Putting the responsibility of sticking to a routine on your child can reduce the negativity in the relationship.
Build Communication Skills
As our children grow and come into contact with many people, they begin to learn patterns and routines for social communication. Greetings, good-byes and chatting with others are examples of everyday interactions that teach social skills. These interactions are also chances to help our children develop communication skills.
Schedules help parents and children maintain stability in their expectations. As parents we let things slide when there is a debate. We agree to more time on the iPad; we let them skip showers, brushing their teeth or doing their chores. With a routine, parents are more likely to stick to real expectations. Following through with healthy habits is a huge part of parenting. A routine can help teach the importance of hygiene and healthy lifestyles.
Dr. Charles J. Sophy, MD, Adolescent Medicine, suggest that assigning tasks to your child, you are helping your child to become independent and resourceful. If children are told what kind of family culture they live in and what behaviors are expected, they are confused, and noncompliance is the most common result.
To help your child stick to their set routine, build a chart or checklist and have them mark off their tasks when completed.