Tuesday, January 31, 2012
The power of 'routines'
Posted by: Sharmila Rajah, 31-Jan-2012Every mom will swear by this – routines. We moms love our routines as it gives us a sense of control and fulfillment (and it keeps us sane too). While sticking to a routine can be helpful for mums to get through the day, routines are just as important for kids. Here’s why?
Routines help build confidence in children and provide them with stability. When a child knows what to expect out of them and how long to get something done, it will help them manage their time and behavior better. Ayanna and Shamindra have their daily routines that are systematically mapped out throughout the day. The day begins with the morning, and soon proceeds to after school, dinner and before bed routines.
Our morning routines are especially important to ensure everyone has a good start to the day, especially if we’re on our way to school. After school routine for Ayanna involves playtime, reading time and mummy/ daddy time. Bedtime routines are just as important to ensure the little ones get to bed on time and enjoy a good night’s rest. Ayanna’s and Shamindra’s bedtime routines involve a bath, brushing their teeth and reading a story together.
Each family has a routine that works best for them. What’s your routine like and how important are routines to you? Care to share?