Children flourish when they know what is expected of them. When there is constancy, fear of the unknown diminishes and kids actually become more confident masters of their own world. When unforeseen things do happen, kids who have adopted a routine are better prepared to navigate their way through because they know what is expected of them. Shared participation in a formal system maintains a calm environment and normalizes home life during otherwise tumultuous times .
Life happens. People get sick, move away, lose jobs and face financial hardships and kids need to have confidence to deal with these life changes and more. It’s never good when Mom or dad gets sick. But routine insures that things can move forward. While the dinner menu may switch to pizza or macaroni and cheese - the table should still be set and the rest of the family gathered at the dining table to eat. Homework procedures should be implemented and everyone should know to follow the bed, bath and book procedure, even if the reader is a sibling rather than a parent.. Yes, the timing might be off that night but if the system is in place the evening can still flow. Why? Because kids have been trained to follow a process that works at supporting life at home.
Children feel good when they know that they can take of themselves. And this ability to care for oneself during their early years provides the seeds of confidence for venturing out on their own later. Responsibility, communication skills, time management, follow through and teamwork are all taught when a routine is established and maintained. These are the same skills that your kids will need as they “fly on” to high school, college and the work world. So prepare them for their future by giving them the teaching and training associated with a predictable home routine.