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Having routines and boundaries makes life easier for everyone. Knowing what will happen when helps parents make plans and feel more organised and calm. Patterns in their day help children feel secure. It can help them to get in good activity and bedtime routines.

As they start in reception having routines can help them cope with the big change in their lives and help them eat and rest well.

  • Routines are built from every one getting used to the same things happening at the same times each day. They don’t happen quickly, to really get the benefits stick at it. If you have not had routines before your children may feel unsure about it.

    • Start with one thing at a time – maybe what time your tea is or when bath time happens.
    • Tell your child what the plan is – get them involved in thinking how it would work best for you all.
    • Make a plan to celebrate keeping to a new routine (look for ideas on how you could do this *here*.)
    • Don’t worry if sometimes it doesn’t work out– just get back to it the next day.

    You can add in more routines to your family day as time goes on.


Who Can Help?

You can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

If you are 11-19 you can text ChatHealth on 07480635060 for confidential advice from one of our team.

*Click Here* to speak to other Norfolk parents and carers on our online community forum. 

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