The Science of Routine

Routines (such as shared meals and set bedtimes) help families relieve stress and make children feel safe. It is important to maintain familiar routines during challenging times.

What is the science behind it?
  • The predictability of routines and knowing what to expect makes children feel confident and safe.

  • Routines help both parents and children relieve stress and reduce anxiety and live healthier, happier lives.
  • Family routines reduce impulsivity and make children more cooperative and independent; this can help reduce anger and conflicts.
  • Family routines are linked with language development, academic achievement and social skill development.
  • Rituals around bedtime such as shared meals and a consistent bedtime routine, make children sleep longer and better.
  • Family routines are associated with parenting competence, child adjustment, mental health and marital satisfaction.
  • Science shows that consistency (repeating a task in the same order and context) is the best way to convert behaviors into habits.
  • Education and socialization are essential aspects of parenting, and they mostly take place through ritualized activities.
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