Routines are important for kids; they offer structure and familiarity, leading to less chaos over all [source: Family Education]. And, if everyone in the family knows the routine, there'll be less opportunity for conflict. Make sure that weekly chores are assigned between all family members well ahead of time so that there's no room for debate. Make it fun with themed chore charts (there are plenty of free ones to download online) and rewards for good performance.
Establishing a routine can also lead to new family traditions, such as Pizza Night or Breakfast-for-Dinner. Whether it's once a week or once a month, these little celebrations give everyone an opportunity to come together and enjoy one another's company. In addition to enriching your family's life, routines are key to managing your time. When everyone knows what's on the horizon, you'll spend less time scrambling to come up with a plan.
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