Parents’ Guide to Routines for Kids
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!