Habits make us who we are, and it’s the parents’ duty to inculcate good habits in children and help them follow a routine to discipline them. Most parents believe that kids emulate their parents in a lot of ways. As painful as it may sound, many households have bid goodbye to TV after 5 in the evening in order to set up a routine for children.
Following a routine helps children understand the value of time and hard work; these are skills which will go long way in building a successful future. It is of the utmost importance to establish the concept of routine during the formative years as it benefits children in numerous ways later in their life.
In a recently conducted study, we looked into the behaviour of primary school children (aged 6-10 years). The results indicated that only 75% of the children in first grade understood the concept of following a set routine, whereas 25% of the children had no idea about the logic and structure behind following a routine. Neither did they understand the behaviour required while adhering to routine.
What happens if children do not follow a set pattern?
Following a routine from early childhood gives children a sense of security. In families where routines are not inculcated among children, they suffer from anxiety and insecurity which can be detrimental to their health and well-being.
Thus, setting routines and following the same have their own perks. They strengthen the bond between family members and help children learn the art of time management. Children who followed a routine and had a clear understanding of logical sequencing were better at mathematics and solved sums faster. Also, it helped them perform better academically in addition to making them organized and responsible.