Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Emotional Security, Self-Help Skills, and Improved Family Life

One simple change has the power to improve your family's health, behavior, and relationships. It can prevent chronic illness and school failure. Sound too good to be true?

It is.

While this change can be powerful, it's not simple. It requires ongoing effort and consistency. What is this miracle cure?

Working a family schedule.

Before you dismiss this idea as unworkable, take a look at a few advantages for all family members:

  • Everyone in the family will be happier.
  • It decreases stress in the family.
  • You will build stronger family relationships through fun routines and traditions.
  • Daily tasks seem more manageable.
  • Fewer family disputes.
  • Improves resilience for all family members.
  • Prevents chronic illness such as diabetes.

There are additional benefits for the parents:
  • Greater productivity for household tasks.
  • Parents will be better able to think and be more organized
  • You will feel better about how you're doing as a parent overall.
  • Less nagging for parents.

The children (especially those with disabilities) will experience:
  • The ability to fall asleep faster because when children are overtired, it takes them longer to fall asleep.
  • Body clocks will be set to regular times for eating and sleeping, which is healthier.
  • Better cognitive development and learning of new skills.
  • Fewer emotional and behavioral problems.
  • Better sense of feeling secure.
  • Children will be healthier and learn good health habits to use throughout their lives.
  • Predictability reduces anxiety.
  • Routines teach responsibility, job skills, and time management.
  • Lowers risk of school failure.

Experts report it's best to start working a family schedule when children are young, but it's never too late.

Next time: How to begin implementing your family schedule.