Child development experts say kids of all ages benefit from schedules.

If the holidays knocked your family off its regular routines, it’s a good idea to work toward restoring them again. Youngsters thrive on routine, according to the experts at the Child Development Institute, an organization dedicated to promoting healthy development and enabling children to reach their potential.

When kids have an understanding of what’s going to happen, it helps them think independently and makes them feel safe and secure, according to this CDI article.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital also promotes the idea of families operating with routines and offers step-by-step instructions to help parents implement them. Read their advice here.

For more tips on creating a daily schedule for your child, check out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website. This link offers a sample schedule, as well as family rules sheets and chore charts.