Any new parent quickly learns that setting a predictable routine is one of the must-have elements for bringing an element of calm and order to a home with small children. The beauty of routines is that they continue to work well into adolescence (and adulthood in my estimation). The routine and structure you put into place for your ADHD child’s morning (and evening) can make or break their success for the day.
Some benefits of setting a predictable routine that is set in stone outside of extraordinary circumstances:
- It minimizes stress and the chance of morning mayhem. There is no confusion about what needs to happen, when breakfast will be served, etc.
- It ensures efficiency and productivity by avoiding squabbling over wake-up times, etc.
- It adds a calm sense of predictability and stability to your child’s day – no small consideration with everything that is likely on their mind.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to parenting, least of all when ADHD is involved, but success consistently begins with routines, getting proper sleep, and nutrition. Setting everyone to a schedule and a consistent groove makes it much more likely that all of these elements come into place to start the day off right.
What does the daily schedule look like in your home? Are there parts of the week that could stand to incorporate some more structure? If you are looking for resources to extend planning into your child’s school days, our FastBraiin planner can help!