Good Things To Add To Your Teenager Routine
Routine is a regular way of doing things in a particular order. In a more practical sense, a routine typically refers to a schedule which is followed every day with aberrations only in case of special situations or exigencies. The most important characteristic of a routine is that it involves a strong intent and a significant effort.
With all the bodily changes happening in the teenagers’ life, following routines is one such tool that can help them do away with the stress arising from peers’, schools’, and lives’ demands. Following a nicely prepared and planned routine is one of the key life skill that comes with its set of attractive benefits like:-
- A well-planned schedule brings predictability and hence feelings of safety and security in a teenagers’ otherwise chaotic lives.
- A schedule helps build a sense of responsibility.
- It helps one manage the time effectively.
- Some daily routines are a must in order to keep yourself healthy like sleeping on time, brushing your teeth etc.
- A well-executed routine helps to set up the child’s body clock.
- Overall, it helps one lead an organized and a disciplined life.
As a parent, one of our key responsibility is to draw up a well-planned routine for your child, from the time he is born and customize it for his growing needs as per the time. And this is an activity which should involve active participation from your child so its natural for him to own it up while execution. However, the path to finalizing this schedule for your teenage kid would not be an easy one. On one hand, it is the newly realized freedom, and on the other end, it’s the innate urge to challenge your ideas all do play their part in making it a complex activity. But still, it creates so many opportunities for you to showcase your negotiation skills, how to hold positive discussions and ow to reach a conclusion acceptable by both the stake holders.
Here is a list of tasks that a teenager should be performing as part of his daily routine:-
- Cleaning his room
- Making his bed
- Doing his laundry
- Cleaning the dishes
- Helping in the kitchen
- Completing his homework
- Be part of an after-school activity like sports, dance, drama etc.
Other than the chores, here are a few things that are nice to be added to your teenagers’ routine.
- Spending weekends with extended family. This is a great way to help your child build quality bonds and relationships within the family. These relationships become a solid foundation for social skills and can prove to be a great strength in times when your teenager needs a friend other than you to confide in.
- Fix a bedtime and wake-up time and consistently follow the schedule. While this will help him get into a healthy routine, on one hand, on the other he will start valuing things like punctuality and time management. This will, in turn, teach the teen to get to his classes on time. It teaches one of the most important life skill which is self-discipline.
- Develop a group of compatible friends around. Inviting his friends over during weekends and letting him stay back at a friend’s place are some ways of building strong relationships. When his friends are over to your place, it is good to interact with them in order to understand whether he is in the right company or not. You can then make him understand the difference between healthy friendship and being bullied into doing things that he is not comfortable with.
- Fix time for electronic engagement. This is one crucial area which needs to be given utmost importance. Today’s generation of kids and teenagers are born and growing up in the digital environment. Too much time spent infront of the blue screens, electronic and digital media is driving them away from human relationships, into their own cocoon. Hence there has to be a strict routine that needs to be set up by the parent in agreement with the child. And the same needs monitoring too so that the child develops the habit of sticking to timelines.
- Fix up time for physical exercise. Let them take out the dog on a walk daily or enroll them for a weekend sports activity. Let them know the benefits of a morning walk, yoga and meditation. This way they are not spending their leisure time with an electronic gadget while learning the importance of following a good physical regime.
- Practise the art of charity and volunteering for work related to social causes and community welfare. If not on a weekly basis, this routine can be done once a month. The entire family can spend time together at an orphanage or an old-age home or help in cleaning up the neighbourhood. Life skills pertaining to empathy, principles of sharing and giving get reinforced in this manner.
- Teach them to respect the environment by getting them to help with your gardening on a daily or weekly basis. In the absence of a proper garden, they can be taught to grow plants in pots, water them and give them their nourishing supplements from time to time. They can also help you with shopping for vegetables and fruits. Keeping a pet animal also helps the teen develop an unbreakable bonding with other living beings. He will learn to look after the weaker ones and develop a caring attitude.