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Building a daily routine

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During this time of uncertainty and disruption, anxiety may be heightened. One way to help reduce anxiety is by maintaining as much of a normal routine as possible.

All families need some type of routine to establish normality, a way to get things done and a sense of security.

Children often fear the unknown – whether it’s the broccoli on their plate – or a big life change like moving to a different house or gaining a new sibling.

While change is a learning opportunity, it can also be stressful for children. A normal routine brings comfort and consistency to a child’s life.

Here are 10 reasons a daily routine is important for your child:

  1. Helps your child get on a schedule

Consistent routine will help your child and their “body clocks” with many day-to-day basics.

  1. Bonds the family together

When a child knows what to expect and notices regular family activities, they begin to understand what’s important. This strengthens shared values, beliefs and interests.

  1. Establishes expectations

Children begin to expect and complete activities without issue. As the parent, you become a partner in that routine, rather than the person who is telling the child to “do this” and “not do this.”

  1. Creates a calmer household

Because the child, and other family members, know what to expect, stress and anxiety are reduced.

  1. Gives your child confidence and independence

Rather than always being told what needs to happen, your child will feel confident to go ahead and be in charge of themselves. When children feel empowered and independent, they are less likely to rebel or retaliate.

  1. Establishes healthy, constructive habits

As they age, they’ll have more self-discipline in terms of healthy grooming and eating habits, along with studying and cleaning their rooms.

  1. Helps you (the parent) remember important things

In the midst of busy family life, you’ll be able to keep track of the important details – allowing for a more stress free household and quality time together as a family.

  1. Offers your child an opportunity to get excited about what’s ahead

If your child knows what’s on the schedule, they anticipate and look forward to future events – such as going to the park on Friday afternoons or spending time with Dad on Sunday mornings.

  1. Provides opportunity for special “daily rituals”

When you build something into your day, like snuggling and reading to your child before bed, you instill special moments or “daily rituals.”

  1. Offers stability during times of change or stress

Changes and stresses impact a child’s life and sense of security, such as a divorce, change in school system or addition of a new sibling.

Whilst the school is closed, below is a suggested timetable that might be helpful to establish and maintain normality for you and your children. Timings are based on the timings of the school day.  

Time

Activity

Usual get up time

Usual morning routine – washing, dressing but allow time for children to help make the breakfast and tidy away afterwards.

Also starting the morning with some form of physical activity can help children to be more focused on learning.

 

Helping with household jobs.

9:10

‘Daily Thunk’ 

9:15

Maths or writing learning activity from the school website

10:15

Mid-morning snack and downtime, such as play in the garden

10:45

20 minute Phonics activity (EYFS / Year 1)

20 minute Spelling practice (Year2 – 6)

Followed by

Maths or writing learning activity from the school website

12:00

Prepare lunch together and then sit down to eat, clear away. Downtime, such as play in the garden, boardgame, screen time etc…

1:15

Reading time – read together, child reads to adult, book talk etc…

1:40

Learning activities from the school website such as physical, music, creative etc…

3:00

Storytime