Daily routines are those things that we tend to do in the same order, around the same time each day. They can include discipline, mealtime, bedtime, and homework routines. Parents are encouraged to implement daily routines in their child’s life, and with good reason. Routines add structure to a family’s daily life, and as a result, foster a sense of predictability, stability, and control.
Research shows that families who implement daily routines experience a number of benefits. Routines can lead to increased cooperation and positive parent-child interactions, as well as aid in the development of self-control in young children. Routines are also linked to decreased disruptive behavior and conflict overall. Additionally, use of mealtime routines is linked to an increase in consumption of healthy foods and decreases in unhealthy eating behavior (binging and purging), while bedtime routines are linked to better quality sleep. In the same way, homework routines are known to improve homework completion and cooperation regarding school. Finally, parents who implement daily routines tend to be less stressed and feel more effective as parents.
To implement routines in your household, try the following:
Remember do not be too rigid. Unexpected events happen often. Be willing to be flexible and make changes when things come up to foster adaptability.
- Kara Meyer, Ph.D.
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