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Not everyone likes routines, some parents find them too structured, but personally, I’m a HUGE fan!
Occasionally I do find myself wishing that I was a fly by the seat of your pants kinda mum, but the idea of just winging it, tends to bring me out in hives!
Whilst change helps children to learn and experience new things, it can sometimes be stressful for them. Having a routine provides certainty and security and this is really important, especially in early childhood.
Routines can be built around having fun, they show children what’s important to your family and help them to:
And it’s not just children who benefit from routines, they can help parents to feel more organised and in control – lowering their stress levels.
Routines should be based on each individual family’s needs. However effective routines have three common features:
In case you need some help deciding what routines might work for your family, here are some examples of routines for toddlers:
And here are examples for school-age children:
Establishing and maintaining a routine has a wealth of benefits, but spontaneity and creativity are a vital part of childhood too. The point of a routine is to help your child, not make them feel restricted, so it’s important to remain flexible and aware of your child’s changing needs. Also, some children, like their parents, are going to respond better to routines than others.
Don’t forget, what works for other families may not work for yours, every family is different.
The My Night Light team loves hearing from our amazing community so if you have any fab routines or thoughts, please share them with us.