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Routines and School Success

August 3, 2016

Family Routine

Routines are the foundation of family life. Established routines and schedules give children a sense of control and help develop self discipline, both of which lead to school success. With the onset of a new school year, establishing routines will help the family save time and be more organized. And that equals success for everyone!

Begin implementing routines by establishing age-appropriate expectations and tasks for getting ready for school, completing homework, brushing teeth, going to bed and eating meals. And, don’t forget to schedule time for relaxing! Preschool and kindergarten children can pick out their clothes the night before and dress with minimal adult help. All children can be expected to keep backpacks, jackets and shoes in the same place every day for easy access. It’s also helpful to designate a central location for all school folders and papers that need your attention. Establishing and building age-appropriate routines can ease the everyday hustle and bustle.

It’s important for parents to take an active role and be consistent in setting habits and routines because these things can make a big difference in children’s long-term success in school. Building a strong foundation of established routines and study habits will carry through to junior high, high school and even into college. Keep in mind, there may be days your family needs to stray from the routine. This is OK. Just return to the routine as soon as possible. It’s all a learning process!

Why are routines good for children?

Routines:

  • Promote healthy habits.
  • Help children feel safe and secure.
  • Strengthen relationships between parents and children.
  • Set our body clocks daily. You can read more about sleep in adolescence.
  • Help with memory.
  • Develop a sense of responsibility, basic work skills and time management.
  • Provide something predictable.
  • Help children with disabilities. Routines can be even more important for children who find it hard to understand or cope with change.

This article was written for the August 2016 edition of Parent Source.