Cognitive Development: One of the most significant outcomes of healthy structure and routines for children is enhanced cognitive development. Cognitive skills are the core skills the brain uses to think, read, learn, remember, reason, and pay attention. A consistent bedtime and enough hours of sleep each night are very important for healthy brain development.
Independence: Routines can also help children become more independent. Children need a sense of direction to function. Children like to know what is going to happen and when because it makes them feel like they have some sense of control. The sense of what to expect in daily routine helps foster this independence. (we talk about independence in more detail later on)
Coping Skills: Children also learn healthy coping skills through structure and routine. Children feel secure and comfortable when they have routine which allows them to cope more effectively when something stressful is occurring as they still have consistency in their day to day routines.
Success: Finally, routines are the basis of success. Time management is a skill that is learned through a consistent routine. Children that have daily chores understand what it means to be responsible. Structure also aids children in establishing important healthy habits such as brushing their teeth and waking up on schedule.