Creating family routines that work are tricky enough during the best of times. With the constant changes to work and school schedules brought about because of the pandemic, it can be hard to feel like you’re finding a routine that works for your family.
When determining a schedule, take into consideration the needs of your family and their personalities. Does your family do better on more or less structure? Do your kids do better when given some freedom? Are they more of a morning or an evening person?
Understanding your family’s needs will help you create a schedule that works for how your family functions. If your family likes a lot of structure, a routine with very little structure won’t be effective.
Because of the different needs of your family, you may need multiple schedules. That’s okay. The purpose of a family routine is to help each family member in a way that works for them.
Don’t feel guilty if your family routine doesn’t look like popular routines. It’s okay to have more or less structure than someone else or do things differently. Remember, no routine will be useful if it doesn’t make sense for your family.
Helping your child understand the routine and what is expected of them is crucial in making that routine work. The behavior skill of Preventive Teaching helps you do just that. When a child understands what is expected of them and how they need to respond to certain things, they are more likely to do it independently.
You can find the behavior skill of Preventive Teaching on the Smarter Parenting website.