Routines and Rituals

Elizabeth Villegas, Barbara H. Fiese

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Early childhood is marked by routines and rituals. Starting at birth, parents and caregivers organize and structure children’s environments with routines such as feeding, sleep, and social activities that foster developmental outcomes in socioemotional and language development, including self-regulation, literacy, and responsibility. Rituals are regular events that foster shared meaning and family unity. There are several cultural variations across routines and rituals that are associated with unique child outcomes. These patterns of family interaction are crucial for childhood development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Infant and Early Childhood Development
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9780128165119
ISBN (Print)9780128165126
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020


  • Bedtime patterns
  • Cultural variation
  • Family mealtimes
  • Joint book reading
  • Meaningful interactions
  • Responsibility
  • Rituals
  • Routines
  • Self-reliance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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