All families are different when it comes to routine. Some adults feel routines should be in place for a sense of normalcy, while some feel routine as a dull event. But children are different. A routine is important to a toddler, pre-schooler and even an infant as they know what to expect and there are no surprises. Children fear the unknown - A new food introduced, a big life change like the birth of a sibling, moving to a new location.
Change is often a stressful event for a child. A normal routine brings comfort and consistency in his/her life. Establishing a routine in the early stage of life can be crucial, create a routine that fits your child, you and your family the best.
There are some benefits that we gain out of following a routine, they are:
1) Establishes expectations
2) Creates a calmer home environment (than a war zone, imagine a family getting their kids ready for school in the morning where the family doesn't follow a routine)
3) Your child will be confident and independent - rather than always being told what to do next, when children feel confident and independent they are less likely to rebel as teenagers.
TIPS FOR CREATING ROUTINE:
There is no hard and fast rule. Each family is different so are their routines. Create a routine that fits you and your family's need. Depending on your child's age you can help them create a routine.