Having a schedule or a gentler following of patterns is a wonderful way to help reduce stress for you and your children. Unpredictability, lack of sleep, and overly scheduled children causes stress and anger. Tweak your schedule for peace and calm. Scheduling is a key to parenting young children!
Young children learn through experience, and the more safe and secure you can make their world for them, the more safe and secure they feel. And you can achieve this through scheduling. The bonus is a child who feels safe and secure is able to learn better, and exhibit self control, and in general is much more pleasant to be around. There are many obstacles to following a schedule that allows for your young child to feel safe and secure. We all have busy calendars and high expectations and so we end up racing from here to there often completely unaware as to how this chaos is affecting our young children.
If you want your young child to feel safe and secure and calm and peaceful, you must make it a priority to offer them a schedule and commit to keeping it. The more you can slow the pace and offer an easy, predictable, rational daily schedule for your child, the better it will be. You not only offer the child a world that they understand, but you also are developing important bonds of trust because you allow your child to count on a schedule and in turn they count on you and your word to deliver what you promise.