In parenting, consistency is key. When you are consistent, you are giving your kids a sense of expectedness, familiarity, comfort, security, predictability, and safety. Compared to kids who grow up without routines, kids that are raised with structure and routines show greater:
-Sense of safety
-Trust in their future
-Completion of more tasks independently
-Ease/ less stress
-Ability to follow instructions
-Respect for following instructions
-Tolerance/ less irritability
-Ability to make the most of their time in an activity
When structure and consistency are lacking, energy goes into reacting rather than learning. So here are some tips for implementing the right kind of structure:
-Think of the most important events for your family and plan around them.
-Be proactive about your schedule, not reactive.
-Find a balance between constant free play and a strict schedule. Repeating a routine with some basic flexibility is best.
Routines vary across families, as every family has different needs. Once you find a routine that works best for your family, stick to it!
Intu It works with parents to create effective routines for their families, allowing kids to participate in decision-making, and setting structure and boundaries that are fun for kids to follow. With Intu It, a little structure goes a long way. :)