“Children are creatures of habit and very much depend on a routine to feel secure and function well. Kids fall apart when you change their sleep schedule. They need at least 12 hours…”
Have you been able to get back into a routine after the holidays? Keeping kids on a routine has many beneficial effects on child development and achieving overall academic and therapeutic goals. It also contributes to positively impacting behavioral goals and social skills. Routines help children to feel a sense of certainty, normalcy, and safety. These feelings enable children to further develop their independence, be able to contribute in their own way and work on reaching their goals.
The best ways to create routine for kids stem from adapting and designing environments that lead to success! Here are 3 top ways to create routines for kids, with an adapt and design twist:
- Incorporate a visual calendar of events.
Designing a calendar with your child will help them better prepare and understand what is coming up ahead. When children are aware of the changes that are going to be taking place, they have more time to process and know what to expect.
Bonus Tip: Have a space in your home where you review the calendar after you create it together. This can become part of their daily routine.
2. Have a soothing sleep routine in place.
Adapting your child’s bedroom is the first step in mastering a healthy, relaxing sleep routine. For example, busy rooms can over stimulate children. This can make it more difficult to create their sleep routine. Colors, fabrics and spacing all play a role in how a child will feel in their room. If you adapt your child’s bedroom first, you will be able to introduce a sleep routine that works!
3. Remember, consistency is key.
Organizing spaces and then practicing certain skills in those specifically designed areas in the home helps children to master skills even faster. Children will develop a routine around spaces and know what they need to do, where and when. For example, designing a homework space for kids can help them to know they have an area where they can learn in and finish their work. Teaching them about the different spaces and showing them what they need to do will help them to develop a routine. And, it all stems from adapt and design!
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