“The daily routine is for children what walls are for a house, it gives borders and dimension to life. The routine gives a sense of security. The established routine gives a sense of order from which freedom is born”. – Rudolf Dreikurs, Austrian psychiatrist and educator.
Establishing habits and routines in children, since they are small, is more important than it seems, because in addition to developing their personality, it helps them feel safe and calm in their environment. Routines help define schedules and, as a consequence, better organize activities during the day. It is in this way that it is beneficial for both children and parents.
When we are born, everything is new and unknown, we are faced with a totally alien world that even arouses fear. Therefore, the role that parents play at this point is fundamental, because they guide their children in what to do at all times, which gives them security and peace. In addition, when they are young they do not know the order of things and helping them organize their life with schedules, allows them to have routines that help them develop different virtues.
The repetition of daily acts form habits and the repetition of habits form virtues, therefore, in the first years, responsibility, commitment, perseverance, perseverance, cooperation, obedience, etc. are forged. All these contribute to family life and avoid unnecessary fights because children will learn established things that have to be fulfilled as normal.
In conclusion, through routines and habits it is possible to introduce the child to the world of safety, limits and knowledge of their environment; But how do you establish routines? Here are some tips:
We hope it has become clear to you why it is important to establish routines in children. There is no better guide to establish rules, routines, habits than through love. Only in this way will our children be able to fully enjoy their childhood and adolescence and, as a family, we will avoid future behavior problems.