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Sep
06

The Importance of Routines in Children’s Lives

Ready, Set, Routine!!

The Importance of Routines in Children’s Lives

By Maci Elkins, MSW, Program Manager

Lower Shore Early Intervention Program

 How many times have you heard that kids need routine?  Your pediatrician, your mother-in-law, your child’s teacher, your best friend, your child care provider–  all these people may have mentioned to you or your partner the importance of routines in your child’s life.  So what’s the big?  Are routines really that necessary for children?  Simply put, yes.  Routines involve repetition.  Repetition involves predictability. Predictability involves stability. Stability involves security.  Kids crave routines because routines make kids feel safe and secure.  On a very basic level (keeping in mind that is how young children function) routines reassure children that their needs will be met. Routines also provide opportunities for children to experience success in what they are doing, which then promotes self-control and self-esteem.

To Read More:

http://www.lowershoreccrc.org/routinesarticlemelkins.htm