As the ease of summer days come to an end and a new school year begins, families are getting ready to dive into their back-to-school routines. Transitioning from a summer routine to a structured school routine can be stressful for both parents and kids alike. It’s important to implement family routines to ensure your child’s smooth transition into the new school year. These four reasons why routines are beneficial for kids help show just how important this can be for your child:
- Through practicing routines, big and small transitions can be an easier adjustment. When a routine is added into a child’s schedule, they are able to anticipate what will happen next, which provides them with a sense of security, confidence, and control.
- Routines help teach responsibility, independence, and boost your child's confidence. From brushing their teeth in the morning, to taking off their shoes before each class at The Little Gym, simple daily routines help children gain a sense of independence and purpose.
- Routines teach children cooperation. When a child knows what to expect, there is less wiggle room for power struggles, temper tantrums, and meltdowns. Share with them how their actions contribute to the functioning of the entire family.
- Routines help promote healthy habits and set an example about the importance of taking care of yourself. It teaches them the benefit of going to sleep at a set bedtime, eating a healthy breakfast, and washing our hands after we use the restroom. These routines, both big and small, make a HUGE impact!
Programs at The Little Gym use class components that repeat weekly to help children become comfortable with a routine. The consistent structure helps children gain a sense of security, while providing them with new challenges and developmental tasks.
So, whether it’s a child’s nightly bedtime story, or their weekly The Little Gym class, consider how routines can help boost your child’s confidence, independence, and so much more.