Mental health tips: How to create a perfect routine for your child

Updated On Aug 29, 2021 02:58 PM IST
  • Pandemic time is stressful for most, including children. In pre-Covid times, they had a set routine with elements like playing, going to school, activity classes, and a little bit of screen time. In absence of a structured day, children can face many emotional and psychological issues.
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It is important to create a meaningful routine for children to aid their overall development. Prachi Kohli, Counselling Psychologist at Kaleidoscope - a unit of Dr. Bakshi's Healthcare, gives tips to create a routine for kids and reduce their stress.(Unsplash) View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Aug 29, 2021 02:58 PM IST

It is important to create a meaningful routine for children to aid their overall development. Prachi Kohli, Counselling Psychologist at Kaleidoscope - a unit of Dr. Bakshi's Healthcare, gives tips to create a routine for kids and reduce their stress.(Unsplash)

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1. Help your child create a routine: In absence of any routine, your children may face uncertainty and confusion that could create a huge void in their life. All the negative talk in their environment coupled with lack of any meaningful activity could take a toll on their mental health. It is important to teach them time management and importance of having a routine as it would create an awareness as to what is expected from them. It would also help reduce their stress and boost their confidence level.(Unsplash) View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Aug 29, 2021 02:58 PM IST

1. Help your child create a routine: In absence of any routine, your children may face uncertainty and confusion that could create a huge void in their life. All the negative talk in their environment coupled with lack of any meaningful activity could take a toll on their mental health. It is important to teach them time management and importance of having a routine as it would create an awareness as to what is expected from them. It would also help reduce their stress and boost their confidence level.(Unsplash)

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2. Follow a routine yourself: Many adults are not able to manage their own lives and are struggling with an unstructured day. This could have a negative impact on children also as they tend to learn by observing their elders. "If you want your child to follow a regime, it is essential that you also follow the same, as it creates a positive impact on the children," suggests Prachi Kohli.(Unsplash) View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Aug 29, 2021 02:58 PM IST

2. Follow a routine yourself: Many adults are not able to manage their own lives and are struggling with an unstructured day. This could have a negative impact on children also as they tend to learn by observing their elders. "If you want your child to follow a regime, it is essential that you also follow the same, as it creates a positive impact on the children," suggests Prachi Kohli.(Unsplash)

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3. Make an attractive planner: Children like colourful things and things that engage them. Making a plan on a piece of paper won't work. It is important to make it interesting. "Hence, parents must make one visual planner for child which is easily accessible, and readable for the child," adds Kohli.(Unsplash) View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Aug 29, 2021 02:58 PM IST

3. Make an attractive planner: Children like colourful things and things that engage them. Making a plan on a piece of paper won't work. It is important to make it interesting. "Hence, parents must make one visual planner for child which is easily accessible, and readable for the child," adds Kohli.(Unsplash)

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4. Encourage the child to plan activities they like: It is important to ask your children what they like doing and have a dialogue with them. Including activities they like in their daily routine will add joy and happiness to their life in these stressful times. The idea is to make education interesting for them at home.(Unsplash) View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Aug 29, 2021 02:58 PM IST

4. Encourage the child to plan activities they like: It is important to ask your children what they like doing and have a dialogue with them. Including activities they like in their daily routine will add joy and happiness to their life in these stressful times. The idea is to make education interesting for them at home.(Unsplash)

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5. Add interesting activities to their day: "One must add certain recreational activities like playing, or other hobbies such as gardening or dancing in a child's routine, which would make your child feel motivated throughout the day," says Kohli.(Unsplash) View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Aug 29, 2021 02:58 PM IST

5. Add interesting activities to their day: "One must add certain recreational activities like playing, or other hobbies such as gardening or dancing in a child's routine, which would make your child feel motivated throughout the day," says Kohli.(Unsplash)

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