Rou­tine a must

Central and North Burnett Times - - YOUR SAY -

A GOOD rou­tine should pro­vide your fam­ily with guid­ance on who should do what, when, in what or­der and how of­ten.

It’s im­por­tant in or­gan­is­ing your fam­ily and cre­at­ing sta­bil­ity.

Rou­tines in­clude daily ac­tiv­i­ties such as get­ting ready in the morn­ing, meal­times and bed­times, but also weekly rou­tines such as house­hold chores and ju­nior sport.

Yet rou­tines are more than just set­ting good timeta­bles and en­sur­ing struc­ture, they also have clear ben­e­fits for your child as they de­velop and grow.

Rou­tines strengthen val­ues and be­long­ing. Hav­ing a strong rou­tine helps build your fam­ily bonds and leads to ev­ery­one work­ing to­gether in­stead of in con­flict.

What’s in your fam­ily rou­tine pro­vides an ex­am­ple to your chil­dren of what’s im­por­tant to your fam­ily. It’s a prac­ti­cal and daily ex­am­ple that re­in­forces the val­ues and be­liefs of your fam­ily.

Hav­ing the col­lec­tive purpose of a reg­u­lar rou­tine in­volv­ing ac­tiv­i­ties that re­in­force shared val­ues also cre­ates co­he­sion and a sense of be­long­ing in your fam­ily.

Rou­tines teach and or­gan­ise your child.

When they’re younger it helps them learn healthy habits.

If you wish to dis­cuss rou­tines or any other is­sue, our WBHHS child health team is avail­able to sup­port lo­cal fam­i­lies.

NEXT WEEK: Over­stim­u­la­tion – what to watch out for and how to find bal­ance.

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