October Parent Partnership
Each month we are working on developing skills to support the social and emotional growth of our students. This month we are focusing on being proactive and ready to learn. A great way to help practice this is by establishing consistent routines both at school AND at home. Below are six ways routines at home can help your kids be at their best.
Routines at home can…
• Help set your child’s “body clock”: When your child gets used to going to bed at the same time every day, they are more easily able to wind down and rest. The same goes for eating full meals, playing and having outdoor time, and slowing down during “quiet times.”
• Establish expectations: Instead of arguing about daily tasks, your children will know that “it’s time to clean up” or “it’s time to take a bath.”
• Provide children with confidence and independence: Children will learn when it’s time to brush their teeth or get ready for bed, and will take pride in doing it by themselves. Providing gentle reminders or visual schedules will help your children learn the normal routine.
• Establish healthy habits and develop self-discipline: Children who practice the same tasks every day, such as brushing their teeth or reading before bedtime, learn how to manage their time. When tasks become habits, parents don’t need to remember as much every day. Chances are, your kids will remind you to follow the routine.
• Help guarantee “special moments”: When you build something into your day, like snuggling and reading to your children before bed, you are guaranteed to have special moments every day. These dedicated times create increased bonding, connection and memories with your children.
• Offer stability during times of change: When the family has a daily routine, children have something in their lives that is normal, no matter what else is going around them or where they might be.