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Children X Routine During Quarantine

Regular schedules provide the day with a structure that orders a young child's world. Although predictability can be tiresome for adults, children thrive on repetition and routine. Schedules begin from the first days of life. Babies, especially, need regular sleep and meal programs and even routines leading up to those activities. But we all are seen that it is even harder during the current events. As they get older, when a child knows what is going to happen and who is going to be there, it allows them to think and feel more independently and feel more safe and secure. A disrupted routine can set a child off and cause them to feel insecure and irritable. That's why even if parents feel tempted to throw off the towel during this quarantine, I will urge them to keep trying. You can still reserve the weekends as off-routine days.

And though routines are essential, there should be some room to be flexible as well, especially if the whole family is confined at home during this quarantine during the day.

If you have an unexpected event that may result in a skipped meal or nap in the car while running errands in the evening. In these instances, you need to keep your cool. If you express frustration or anger about disrupting the routine, your child will as well. Prepare children for such unexpected events and show them that though it can happen from time to time, the routine will return the next day.

Remember, every adaptation can be hard in the beginning, but time will help the whole family to settle in.

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