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Dr. Randy Cale’s Terrific Parenting: Part II On consistency: Routines and …

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Dr. Randy Cale’s Terrific Parenting: Part II On consistency: Routines and …
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In this series on consistency, we are addressing three aspects of daily family life where consistency is critical. Last week we discussed consistency in setting limits. In this week’s article, we will explore the importance of consistency in daily routines and how to bring about those changes.

First, why consistent routines matter

Daily routines either create predictability or not. This is essential to understand.

Predictability brings ease and promotes a sense of certainty about the world and how it operates. This makes life easier for kids, and for parents.

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The more the landscape of daily life is changing constantly and modifications are endless, there is the opposite. In other words, children internally feel unsettled and anxious about the ever changing world. “What’s next?” is the ever present internal thought, inside the child’s world, that severely limits the degree of peace that can be found.

And perhaps most obvious from a practical level, inconsistent routines cause many more challenges with behavior. You have to work harder, speak (i.e., nag, remind, prod, push, negotiate, argue, etc.) more often and inevitably get more frustrated and upset. Why? Because the lack of predictability means that you try to manage their behavior with your words, rather than having a…………… continues on Troy Record

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