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During times of stress and uncertainty it’s especially important to stick with normal routines – predictability and structure help kids self-regulate. Here are some tips for setting and sticking to a routine through hard times:

SHARE THE FAMILY’S DAILY SCHEDULE WITH YOUR KIDS.

With older kids and teens, have them help build the schedule. They’ll feel more in control and less anxious and fearful of the unknown. It can also help with boredom and acting out. 

MAKE IT CONSISTENT.

Your family schedule should include consistent wake up and bedtimes, regular mealtimes and snacks, quiet time for schoolwork and reading, and time for movement. Basic hygiene — like showering, brushing teeth, and getting dressed in clean clothes – are also important to schedule for both health and well-being.

DONT FORGET PLAY.

Play is an essential part of a kid’s “job”. Build in time — and look for opportunities —  for self-expression, creativity, and imaginative play throughout the day. These activities are critical for behavior, learning, and development.

Check out more tips on building a healthy routine for your family.