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Build Routines Early, Build Skills for the Future

Posted On: 8/23/2017 10:43 AM

Kindergarteners kneading dough at table with their teacher"It isn’t breaking news that children seem to thrive on routine. Knowing what to expect day-to-day seems to provide children with a sense of predictability and security. But why are routines so important and what benefit might they have?

Research... suggests consistency and predictability of family routines, such as meal or bedtime routines, spending time with extended family or friends, or participating in extracurricular activities, are associated with a wide range of outcomes—from fewer symptoms of depression and anxiety and fewer behavioral problems, to better self-control and health behaviors, like sleep quality and habits."

Read more at Psychology Today - December 21, 2016
Photo credit: Toronto Waldorf School

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