What is consistency?
Sure, consistency is important for children, but what does consistency mean? Consistency means that rules and expectations remain the same. This helps create a predictable environment for children. It also alleviates any what could happen stress, which helps children better understand how to be accountable for their actions.
Why is consistency important?
- Consistency provides children with a sense of security. Through this security, children will learn that they can rely on their parents to make sure their needs will be met.
- A daily routine will help provide a calm, predictable home life. Examples: Bed times, meal schedules and school schedules.
- Parents that are consistent with their children tend to experience fewer anxious moments.
- Consistency helps children develop responsibility. When they understand what their parents expect from them, children can apply these expectations to make better decisions.
- No means no. This mentality leads to children that are less likely to push boundaries or manipulate situations.
By providing a consistent environment for your kids it will help lead to a decrease in confusion, low self-esteem, anxiety and many other negative and often difficult coping mechanisms.