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Parenting Tip of the Month

Click here to view our August Parenting Tip of the Month, "Creating Routines for a Smooth Back to School Start," or see below.

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Do you begin your morning generally the same way each day, or wind down before bed in a specific order? By having the same morning or evening routine, you are more likely to remember what you need to do, save time and minimize stress. August marks the beginning of a new school year for many families. It also means a change in routines and schedules for everyone. Developing a routine is one way parents can help their child transition to a new schedule.

Routines are beneficial for children of all ages, including infants. Routines that occur about the same way every day build a sense of trust and security in children because they are predictable. Children who become familiar with routines have a greater understanding of what is expected and are more likely to follow through. Routines can also promote health and safety behaviors, such as washing hands before eating, or holding your hand when exiting the car. In addition, consistent routines help children grow in their independence. As children become more self-sufficient and are able to do more for themselves, parents have more time for other tasks. 

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Change is not easy, so be patient with your child and yourself. By creating and maintaining a routine, you are more likely to save time, minimize power struggles, and experience positive interactions with your child.
 

For additional information on how to prepare your child for a new school year:


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  • January 2021 - Inspiring Imagination with Recycled Materials

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