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Best Start - Top tips for creating good routines

Top tips to help establish good routines.

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  • Start small
  • Give it time - routines aren't established overnight
  • Be clear and specific. That way your child will know what to expect
  • Give children choices within routines
  • Make time to praise your child
  • Model the routine or behaviour yourself - brush your teeth at the same time
  • Warn children ahead of time to prepare them for transitions 'five minutes until bedtime'
  • Be flexible
  • Make time for affection
  • Talk about the order of getting dressed
  • Encourage your child to help lay the table before meals
  • Encourage your child to tidy away toys with you
  • Make food together
  • Make the most of bath time
  • Always share a bedtime story
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