4 Benefits of Routines for Kids

As the free form days of summer come to an end, a new school year begins, and families are getting ready to dive into their back-to-school routines. Transitioning from a summer routine to a more structured school routine can be stressful for parents and kids alike. It’s important to implement routines for kids to ensure your child’s smooth transition into the new school year. These four reasons why routines are beneficial for kids help show just how important this can be for your child:

  1. Through practicing routines, transitions both big and small flow more easily. When a routine is implemented into a child’s schedule, they are able to anticipate what will happen next, which provides them with a sense of security, confidence, and control.
  2. Routines help foster responsibility, independence, and boost your child’s confidence. From brushing their teeth in the morning, to taking off their shoes before each class at The Little Gym, simple daily routines help children gain a sense of independence and purpose.
  3. Routines teach children cooperation. When a child knows what to expect, there is less wiggle room for power struggles, temper tantrums, and breakdowns. Share with them how their actions contribute to the functioning family as a whole.
  4. Routines help promote healthy habits and set an example about the importance of taking care of yourself. From going to sleep at a set bedtime, to eating a healthy breakfast, to washing our hands after we use the restroom; these routines, both big and small, make a HUGE impact!

Programs at The Little Gym use class components that repeat weekly to help children become comfortable with a routine. The consistent structure helps children gain a sense of security, readying them for new challenges and developmental tasks.

So whether it’s a child’s nightly bedtime story, or their weekly The Little Gym class, consider how routines can help boost your child’s confidence, independence, and so much more.