“It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives. It’s what we do consistently.”
― Anthony Robbins
Consistency plays a vital role in our lives. It brings a sense of regularity to our day-to-day lives and helps us do our daily tasks with relative ease. It lends security and predictability to our lives.
That is why we have routines and schedules – at home and work. In 1992, Working Mother magazine published the article- When, why, and how to get your baby into a routine, by Cassidy. The article states that routines are actions that occur in the “same order and at about the same time each day.” Most parents instinctively realise that their children need daily schedules and take measures to ensure there’s a daily routine that the child follows to develop consistency in their way of living.
Today, we will take a closer look at how consistency or, in simpler words, routines in early childhood affect children in the long run.
A consistent daily routine for children helps them anticipate what can be expected during the day. Morning routines, mealtime routines, departure routines, and bedtime routines are examples of everyday routines for children. For example: A morning routine for children consists of waking up on time, brushing teeth, taking a bath, eating breakfast, and leaving for school.
Here is what experts in the field of education, child development, and parenting say about the importance of routines in a child’s life:
In a paper published in Pediatric Clinics of North America, Edward Christophersen talks about some tips for making routines for your child. These tips focus on making a clear order for doing tasks, defining the rules clearly, giving consistent consequences for not doing the task, and praising them for trying.
We have established that daily routines are good for children, but do they need to be a part of their early experiences?
Here’s what some experts have to say:
Consistently following a set routine helps children in many ways. Have you ever thought of maximising those benefits?
We did and found interesting suggestions:
A paper published by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment, Australian Government in 2018 tells us that having children take part in their education gives them more power. It could help them do better academically. Letting children choose what and how they study helps them develop a growth mindset and lifetime learning habits.
Anders Ericsson and his co-author Robert Pool in their book Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise explain the concept of deliberate practice. It includes sustaining an intense focus, pushing oneself beyond one’s comfort zone, getting real-time feedback, recognising one’s weak areas, and creating practice routines that are tailored to strengthen those shortcomings.
In a paper published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, titled Goals: An approach to motivation and achievement, Elaine Elliott and Carol Dweck share that children who have learning goals are determined to get better over time as opposed to those with performance goals. They are also more resilient when it comes to learning from their mistakes or facing problems.
Overall, consistent practice and routines benefit children and parents alike. By making BYJU’S a part of your child’s daily routine, you can help your child set the right goals in their studies and become a lifelong learner ready to face any challenge.
With the in-app library, digital worksheets, live dashboards, study plans, and monthly progress reports, BYJU’S wants to make it easy for you to be more consistent and involved in your child’s learning.
Together, let’s make the young generation of learners fall in love with learning.
“Me-kha-la!” That happens at least once when she introduces herself to new people. She wholeheartedly believes in the quote by Arthur Rubinstein that says – “if you love life, life will love you back”. She is an organizational psychologist and psychometrician. She was a class teacher of 36 adorable girls for two years, grades 2 & 3, as a part of the Teach For India Fellowship. These little girls have a special place in her heart, and when she writes for children, she writes for them!
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