Children don’t like changes in their daily routine, they feel insecure, and the change frightens them. Children, especially those that are very young, feel safer in a predictable life.
Young children and toddlers don’t understand how time works or keep track of their lives and routines. They order their lives by the things that happen. Toddlers and young children feel more secure when the same events occur in the same way every day.
The same routine makes young children more confident as they can easily predict what to expect in the day; however, whenever some of the events are shuffled from their routine, they feel insecure and unprepared.
Toddler’s brains are still developing, especially allowing them to predict and make plans for the future. Therefore, they depend on the events’ repetitions in their routine to understand the world around them.
A daily schedule also helps the young kids develop responsibility and independence as they know what task they have to every day, and they’ll perform it really well because they know how to do it as they perform it every day.
There are numerous reasons why developing and maintain a routine for young kids is necessary.
Connects the Family:
When young children notice that some events happen precisely on the same routine, they memorize it by thinking it is essential. This helps a lot in developing values, beliefs, and interests in the children.
For example, If the child sees that everyone in the family prays before lunch and dinner, they will memorize it and think of it as a compulsory activity in the home.
Builds confidence and Gives independence:
When the child knows the routine, he can perform most of the tasks themselves. Since they already know what to do next, they’ll feel confident and secure. The parents won’t have to dictate the next task to the child. He will remind himself that it’s time for lunch or dinner.
Healthy and Constructive habits:
The same daily routine allows the kids to adopt healthy and constructive habits. For example, if the child notices that every in the home prays before eating lunch and dinner, he will adopt this good habit, and it will stay with him for a long time. If the child sees parents brushing their teeth every night before going to bed, he will add this habit to his memory and follow it himself.
The child feels happy and Relaxed:
When the young child already knows the routine, he feels secure and eventually makes him feel relaxed. Young kids don’t like changes in their routine as they are good with predictions and feel unprepared. A child whose daily routines doesn’t change feels relaxed and happy most of the time.
Daily events design a schedule for the young kid:
When a young child follows the same routine every day, he gets a schedule for his entire day by memorizing different events and ordering the day according to them. For example, the kid knows when is the time for lunch and dinner, when is the time to play outside, when is the right time for brushing teeth and naping.