Routines help family life run smoothly and can help with children’s behaviour. Here’s how to use routines to help with behaviour management. Why routines help with behaviour managementRoutines help family members know who should do what, when, in what order and how often.This can mean less inappropriate behaviour about boring things such as cleaning teeth, tidying up after play, or switching the TV off. Or there might be times when your child often misbehaves, such as when you’re shopping, driving or visiting. A routine can help you plan ahead for these times.You can also build routines for young children around play, meals and sleep. When children have had enough good-quality sleep, nutritious food and plenty of play, they’re more likely to behave the way you want.And routines help young children feel safe and secure, which is what they need to grow and learn about things like appropriate ways to behave.Creating routinesHere are some tips to get you started with family routines:
Getting children to follow routinesSo you’ve got a routine, but how do you get your child to follow it – without nagging? Here are some ideas:
Routines don’t mean you and your family are rigid or inflexible. Changes and last-minute diversions are a normal part of life.