Head Start stresses the benefits of routines for young children

Head Start stresses the benefits of routines for young childrenDakota and Sawyer, children enrolled in Troy’s Early Head Start program, show off the calm-down bottles they recently made during a home visit. Provided photo.

Routines are very important to a young child. Consistent routines, activities that happen at about the same time and in about the same way each day, provide comfort and a sense of safety to young children. They help babies and toddlers learn self-control and they help them learn to trust that caring adults will provide what they need. When a child understands daily patterns, there is less upset.

Doing the same thing every day may be boring to grown-ups, but for toddlers predictable routines lower stress and increase confidence. Without a routine, young children act out and their mental wellness can become affected. Bradford-Tioga Early Head Start Family Partners support and teach parents and caregivers positive parenting techniques. 

One technique taught by Family Partners is to use a calm-down bottle. A calm-down bottle is designed to soothe and relax. The swirling patterns created by glitter, water and food coloring are ideal for calming down a stressed out child or adult, for that matter.

Here’s how to make a calm-down bottle of your very own: Mix the glitter glue and hot water with the whisk in a container. Then stir in some extra glitter. Pour the mixture into the empty water bottle and then let the water come to room temperature before sealing the lid on. If you cannot get the glitter to fall down, you will need to water it down.

Bradford-Tioga Head Start, Inc. is a program that offers state and federally funded programs for pregnant mothers, families and their children, newborn up to the age of five; this includes Early Head Start, Head Start, and Pre-K Counts services. For more information, call (570) 638-1400, visit www.bradfordtiogahs.org or find them on Facebook. 

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