Routines help build executive function skills in children. These functions are essential to daily behaviors and decision-making. You can start building routines from a young age.

Routines can also help:

  • Reduce anxiety
  • Promote self-control
  • Regulate energy levels
  • Foster confidence and independence

Routines will vary from child to child. The important thing is finding what works and sticking to it. Whether it’s a morning routine or evening routine, consider the following when making routines:

  • Be patient
  • Be consistent
  • Make time for self-care activities
  • Have age-appropriate expectations
  • Make small changes if routine isn’t working
  • Model how to complete the routine and talk through it

Older kids can teach their siblings routines too!