Rituals and routines create security and confidence in a child. They help provide stability. The security that a child feels when they can predict what is going to happen allows for growth, positive self-esteem, and attachment.
So, as parents, take the time to create a morning routine and an after school routine. Include a good-bye ritual and a re-uniting ritual. Here are some examples:
- special, secret handshakes
- hugs and kisses
- "see you later alligator," "in a while crocodile"
There are endless things that you could do. Be creative and think of what would work best for you and your child.
Now, the tricky part is to be consistent. Once you build a ritual, you have to maintain it. Your child will expect this. Try not to create a routine or ritual that is difficult to manage. Stick to simple things that are easy for you to remember.
Teachers can use rituals too. Have a morning greeting for your students that you do every morning and then have a good-bye ritual. The students will love knowing what to expect and feeling a part of your classroom.