The most common advice everyone told me, when we found out we were expecting twins, was to establish a routine on day one.
Nearly 8 years later, keeping a consistent routine has become an effortless part of raising my three kids, and the most important thing I couldn't live without.
Plus, because we follow a simple routine, when difficult behavior or big emotions strike, I can pinpoint the exact moment it all went awry and start the task of mending things.
Plus, science backs up the importance of routine for kids who thrive because of the safety and better sleep habits a familiar schedule gives them.
And you can't argue with science, right?
With so many unpredictable changes children experience early in life, learn how to create a predictable routine as the foundation for their youth.