Learning is a discipline, it is inescapably a structural existence. Why then do parents ignore this factor when it comes to education, school and their child?
Most parents do not believe in establishing a daily routine for their children. Since they do not have an everyday routine for their child, they refuse to acknowledge the importance of school time routine. Their child arrives home throws the backpack on the ground in the living room and runs to the video game. Homework is a second thought and is rushed through right before bed time.
Little preparation is done for the next school day hence the early morning school preparation is half hazard and dysfunctional. The lunch is rashly prepared, school clothes are through on and grooming is a second thought. You see these kids on a regular, in winter time you ask them “where is your coat. In the summer you wonder if they slept in the clothes.
Children need routine, they need structure and discipline. They will fight the process but in the end when implemented they embrace the process and are happier and well adjusted. When asked about their routine below are some of the children’s responses:
“I like it when my dad and I sit at the table to do my homework”.
“When I get dressed for school my mom always helps me pick out the right clothes, sometimes she lets me wear my favorite outfit”.
“I like going to bed at 9pm because my grandma reads me two books before I go to sleep”.
“I like to be prepared for school, I have my pencils and paper ready for Ms. M; some students don’t have their stuff and are always asking the teacher”.
“I like when my dad helps me with my spelling words, when I get an “A” my dad just smiles and say great job”.
Take time and ask your child what’s his favorite routine and why, see what a big impact routine, structure and discipline have on your child’s life.