Routines are part and parcel of family life. However, it is easy to start feeling bored if routines start taking over your entire day. And with people sharing their lives on social media, it’s also easy to think that their lives are full of variety and spontaneity, while yours is quite dull.
But don’t be disillusioned. Routine is important to help your family get through everyday tasks. Additionally, it can also be super beneficial to your entire family. Here are the advantages of having routine in your family life.
- Automate boring tasks
We all know there are more than one tasks that become repetitive and boring in our home lives. For example, some things that need to get done are doing the washing up, brushing teeth, taking out the rubbish, and cleaning the house. Once these tasks become automatic, you’ll be able to free up more time.
Even though these tasks are tedious, having consistent routines can help make these chores more automatic. It might be difficult to make a boring task any less boring, but routines inform everyone that these jobs are usually necessary. It also helps family members know how tasks are delegated—who should do what, when, and how often.
- Get rid of your kid’s sense of unease
Although it depends on your child’s personality and character, most children benefit from routines. Children rely on consistency and predictability since it reduces the prospect of the unknown. Typically, kids feel uncomfortable if they have to confront a change, whether that is something as simple as a new dish or something more complex such as the birth of a sibling.
But if you can maintain some form of routine, especially during these moments of big change, you’ll help calm down your child. With a predictable routine, your child will feel safe and secure. One situation where this is particularly important is when there is a change of environment such as when moving house or changing schools.
- Make you feel more organised and in control
Just as routine helps calm down your children, it can also have the same effect on you. After all, when things get a bit hectic, having something familiar and predictable could just be the ticket to keeping you sane. This is because routines are structured and you usually have a handle on things, ultimately lowering your stress.
Even though adults are expected to be able to handle change well, sometimes we reach our breaking point. Whether it is a divorce, loss of a loved one, or relocating to a new house, there are a few moments in our lives where predictability and regularity become points of solace.
- Let your children know what is important
Routines also show to your children what is important for a family. For example, having regular quality time spent as a family will strengthen your relationships with your children. These consistent moments reinforce your shared beliefs and values as a unit, building a sense of belonging.
These routines can be small, such as reading a bedtime story or having your kids accompany you on your shop run. They can also be special and sometimes be called rituals. Having a movie night, going on a weekend trip every month, or throwing a party for a special occasion—these are all examples of special routines.
- Teach your kids skills and responsibility
We all know that chores is usually not fun for kids—again, it depends on the child. But having chores as part of your family’s routines teaches your child a few basic skills and instills a sense of responsibility. With time, your kids will improve on their regular chores. This means you won’t have to supervise them as much, which allows them to be more independent.
Routines also help everyone develop healthy habits. Brushing their teeth regularly, spending time outdoors, washing their hands, and cleaning up their room. And if these habits form early on, it’ll be incredibly useful later in life.