Disagree. We over program our kids these days.
Routines work for adults as well. I know it is nice to have routines at work so
you do not feel like you are inventing the wheel every time, or you know what to
expect in some cases. Again, like the article said, there needs to be
flexibility. Kids at a young age need some kind of structure in the home and
outside of it. It provides a feeling of safety and understanding, and helps as
they get older to learn to stick with goals.
Instead of calling or putting these children through routines they need more
constructive use of their time. Routines are usually non productive play time,
they need discipline time and parental oversight at all times. They need rules
and chores in the family that work together. Children in the hands of others are
not quality use of time when there is no desire to learn or do new things that
don't enriches their education. The only true benefit that
these children have are the learning of the differences of life in various areas
of the country and at the same time all have a common culture in all areas of
life. But chores and discipline and self independence are invaluable
skills most children never get to learn at a young age.