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Here is one of the wonderful articles in the magazine. You can find more great stories and information in the online version which you can check out here
Spend time, set routines
How much emphasis do you place on routines and spending time as a family in your household?
Setting some expectations like a regular bedtime, weekly chores and having dedicated family time can actually have an extremely positive impact on children both mentally and physically.
Statistics from the Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (a study of 10,000 children and families from across Australia) highlighted some interesting findings.
Just some of those included:
Children who go to bed before 8.30pm are likely to be healthier than children who go to bed later. They also have happier mums.
If a child likes their primary school they are much more likely to make a successful transition to high school.
Spending more time doing household chores, homework and reading, and less time watching TV or playing video games is associated with fewer behavioural problems in children such as hyperactivity.
One in three Australian children wished they had more quality time with their dad.
Mother of an 18-month-old, Jack, and early childhood educator Megan Cameron said her family places great emphasis on spending time together and having routines in place.
“We have routines like reading a book before bed time and we set aside time to focus on those types of things,” she said.
“We try to stick to a routine but they can get dragged off slightly.
“If we don’t stick to a routine he gets over tired.
“When they’re younger it’s good to have a routine because if things are unpredictable then they’ll be unpredictable.
“You know how they will react to certain situations so you can be prepared. He knows what will happen next.”
Despite her husband and herself working different hours and having different days off work each week they still aim to spend time together.
“When we’re all together I can see changes in my son,” Mrs Cameron said.
“He opens up a lot more and we see a different side of him when we spend quality time together.”
Often the activities they do together are unplanned and spontaneous which Mrs Cameron finds the best way to approach it.
“You can have the best plans but it’s more fun to let it flow and if things don’t go to plan you might get disappointed,” she said.
“We had music playing on the TV recently and Jack started dancing so we got up and starting dancing with him, it was a bit dorky but you couldn’t wipe the smile off his face.”}