How routines can help with behavior
Routines are important to everyone’s well being. Routines help family life run smoothly and can also help with children’s behavior. Routines give kids a sense of security and help them develop self-discipline. Having a very predictable routine allows children to feel safe, while at the same time allows them to develop a sense of control in handling their own lives.
Here’s how to use routines to help with behavior management:
Routines help family members know who should do what, when, in what order and how often. Routines can be built up around a little ones schedule – sleep, play, meals and naps. With a nap time scheduled into the normal day your child is more likely to behave the way you want.
It is important to remember that many changes can’t be avoided. But by offering children a predictable routine as a foundation in their lives–so they can rise to the occasion to handle big changes when they need to.
Routines that may be set include
- Set a consistent homework time
- Limit TV time
- Remind your child to spend 5 minutes cleaning their room each day
- Organizing materials and papers for school
- Eat together as a family
- Bedtime routine
- Reading together
Encouraging children to follow routines:
Here are some ideas to enable your child to follow the established routines , without yelling , screaming or nagging:
- Make a poster. Put up on a wall in your home your routine so that everyone can see it. At the same time as making the poster with your child, talk about the routine – make it fun not serious!
- Involve your child in parts of the routine that she can manage by herself – for example, washing her hands before eating.
- If your child is a little older find ways to make your child a little independent and able to do tings by themselves – an example would be an alarm clock in the morning. Remember it’s little steps!
- Help your child learn new skills as you think about the household routine. Tasks like setting the table, empting trash are easy jobs that can be assigned to your little one.
- To establish a healthy bedtime routine , try our Good Night Sleep Tight Chart.
- Don’t forget encouragement and praise!
Remember don’t give up – even if you slip your routine one day, pick it up again the next day. Life can get a little hectic and routines are temporarily forgotten. But don’t panic…when this happens get back on track as soon as possible.