Knowing what to expect helps them feel safe and secure. Routines also promote responsibility. Once a child is completely familiar with his routine, he can begin to perform it independently.

As your child gets older and more responsible, you can include more steps in each routine. To get started, have your child follow routines for:

  • Getting up. Use the bathroom, wash hands and get dressed. (Hint: Help your child prepare the night before. Choose manageable clothes and lay them out near his bed.
  • Getting ready for bed. Get undressed, take a bath, put pajamas on and brush teeth. Don’t forget to read a story.
  • Meals. Come to the table when called. Wait until everyone is served to begin eating. Use a napkin. After the meal, carry cup and plate to the sink.

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