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Learning to Follow the Rules: The Importance of Rules and Routines to Your Preschooler }

Following Rules and Routines

Learning to Follow the Rules: The Importance of Rules and Routines to Your Preschooler

Children between the ages of four and five often truly are happiest when they are clear about what the rules are and how to follow them. If you have a babysitter for your child, he may tell him or her exactly what the bedtime routine is, including what to do and in what order. You may bump into this yourself, if you change a routine without warning, don't follow a household rule, or skip a page in a familiar book. Most likely, he'll quickly call you out on your infraction! As much as you can, keep your schedule predictable, and talk about any special events well in advance. And make sure that all rules are followed, by you and your child, unless you make it clear that certain rules are for adults and some are for children (e.g. only grown-ups get to drive cars!). He may be very sensitive if you break a rule that he must follow.

Has your child achieved the following Following Rules and Routines developmental milestones yet? If yes, check off all of the skill(s) he has already mastered to date.

Sources: This development milestone tracker is not a learning disability screening tool or test. If you have any questions related to your child's development and learning abilities, please speak to your pediatrician and care providers for guidance and resources.