Does your child have a daily routine? Daily routines for a child typically include tasks like completing homework at home, getting ready for school in the morning, going to bed at the same time, completing their chores, and practicing an instrument at the same time every day. It is important to understand the importance of maintaining a daily routine for your child. Here is what it can do for your child this summer.
Daily Routines Create Expectations
How many times have you heard an adult say, “Well, he/she doesn’t know any better”? Although children are learning every day and aren’t always held accountable for their mistake, it is important for children to have structure and expectations. For example, children need to know that when they wake up in the morning, they are expected to get dressed, brush their teeth, comb their hair, and complete other daily tasks in order to get ready for school.
Daily Routines Develop Independence
As your child grows older towards their teenage years, they will gradually need to start gaining independence. By getting your child on a daily routine, they will start to show you what they are capable of, which will allow you to give them more responsibilities.
Daily Routines Helps Children Form Healthy Habits
One of the best ways for a child to develop healthy habits is to get them on a daily routine. When children are on daily routines, they are less prone to complain about things they don’t want to do. For example, if you get your child on a morning routine, you shouldn’t need to ask your child to do things like brush their teeth in the morning. The hope is that they will just do it on their own.
The Connections Therapy Center
The Connections Therapy Center serves families of children and adolescents with disabilities and special needs. We are a team of experts in the fields of pediatric speech, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, and behavioral sciences. As a team, we offer intensive hands-on therapy for children and adolescents, as well as informative and useful resources for families. If you are interested in learning more about what we can do to help your family, visit us online or give us a call at (202) 561-1110 (Washington, D.C. office) or (301) 577-4333 (Lanham office). Want to get more information on how to help your child thrive? Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, and Pinterest.