Creating Routines

Creating Routines

In the past couple of weeks, we have been examining parenting strategies that parents can use to enhance their children’s development. While continuing with the strategies, we want to take time to explain some parental approaches to it that really helps parents implement these strategies in an efficient and consistent manner.

These are:

  1. Routines
  2. Special Time

Routines

Children generally are more likely to be in their best behavior if the routines and activities in their homes are predictable. In the case of children with special needs, it can take longer to earn family routines and what is expected of them at various times of the day. But with consistency, even though it takes time, it yields a positive outcome for the whole family.
These routines might include the order in which activities are done in the morning, at bedtime, or when it is time to go out. A child is more likely to move from one activity to the next if they follow same general order each day.

Examples
playtime, reading time, mealtime, bath & teeth brushing, toilet, story with dad or mum, bedtime, weight loss and more.

Routines Are:

  • Structures of the day
  • Activities with clear beginnings and endings
  • Made up of specific behaviors rituals
  • Linked throughout the day
  • Repeated through the week
  • Hard to change

Good Routines Support Children

  • Regulate body clock and growth hormones
  • Increases predictability
  • Reduce anxiety
  • Develop self-control
  • Improve compliance
  • Expand attention span
  • Build patience

Poor Routines Lead to Problems

  • Disrupt growth and development
  • Increase behavior problems
  • Increase anxiety
  • Exaggerate emotions
  • Decrease self-control
  • Decrease attention span