How Important Are Routines In Child Development?
As a parent, you desire the best life for your little one. New parents are always willing to find out what they should do and what they should avoid. It is important to get this knowledge and then apply it to your own situation so that it works well for you and your child. An important fact to understand about children is their need for set routines and schedules for optimal development.
Getting a professional perspective on the subject of routines would be a good place to start and lay a proper foundation. The following post explains a teacher’s perspective on the importance of routines:
What Teachers Know About Routines and How They Benefit Children’s Development
Throughout the past two months, I have had the privilege of guest teaching in nearly two dozen classrooms at five different schools.
I enjoy interacting with the children, ranging in age from 3 to 12, and I constantly marvel at the amazing things they are learning and producing in class, led by their competent and well-prepared teachers.
Teachers are an on-the-ground, in-the-trenches battalion of action researchers on child development and learning. Teachers observe children, they interact and communicate for hours every day, and many teachers spend year after year embedded with children of the same age, discovering how to best motivate, teach and guide them in the process of learning and developing. Parents and scientists can greatly benefit from the collective wisdom acquired by these professionals. Read more at Huffington Post…
A routine will give your child a sense of security as he or she knows what to expect, at what time, and how the activity will be carried out. Routines do away with ambiguity, and that contributes positively to healthy development.
One aspect of your child’s development that you need to pay close attention to is the sleep routine. A regular sleep schedule set’s the body’s internal clock, as described in the following post:
Good sleep routine ensures children’s body clocks are set
Mr Seah Yam Meng’s claim that requiring children to wake up before sunrise disrupts their body clock is unfounded (Push back start time of schools for health’s sake; ST Online, Feb 24)
What children need is enough hours of good sleep each night.
According to many sleep experts, establishing a proper sleep routine helps to set your body’s “internal clock”, making it easier for you to sleep and wake naturally.
Parents should encourage their children to go to bed no later than 9pm. Waking up early means children have more time in the morning to clear their minds and eat a good breakfast.
As long as your child has enough hours of sleep, he can wake up as early as he wants. All you need to ensure is that he sleeps early if he needs to wake up early.
It is always helpful to hear another parent’s experience in setting a routine. The following post is an interesting and realistic story of the joys and difficulties of setting a schedule for a little girl:
Importance Of Having Routine For Children
Routines instill order, stability, and a sense of calm – which benefits all new parents. Before I became a mum, I was never good at sticking to routines. By nature, I liked to enjoy my free time unrestrained, without operating under a schedule.
But when Chloe was a few days’ old, after we came home from the hospital and could no longer rely on helpful nurses and doctors to assist with caring for her, I set out to live a life of routines. I was a mum, and I had to be responsible.
So I wrote down our sleeping routine, breastfeeding schedule, a regular day’s agenda, the exact number of times Chloe pooped and peed, etc.
Despite my best effort, within a couple weeks’ time most of the record keeping and routines stopped.
When it’s time to enroll your child for preschool, you need to inquire about the schedule and ensure that the program is holistic and tailor-made for your child’s cognitive development.
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