Keeping children on a stable schedule of sleep / wake times, meals, even play and relaxation can make children less anxious about new situations, decrease separation issues, and as they grow older help them to have a better sense of control over their environments. Recent research at the University of Pittsburgh have concluded that children with varied schedules and no routine have a greater incidence of anxiety disorders in adolescence and young adulthood. Babies who had dependable routines at 1 month of age faired the best! The bottom line: children who feel secure in their daily routines have a better chance of feeling stable, in control, and less stressed throughout their lifespan.
Developing routines can prevent the development of anxiety in children
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