An anxious child may become inflexible.
Giving children structure is always a good idea, as it provides them with expectations to meet daily, but when a child can’t function without them, then there’s a problem. Many may prefer order, but not everything can be planned out according to one’s wishes. Being inflexible with situations with your child can be a challenging situation for any parent walking on eggshells to circumvent an extreme reaction. A child should not expect everyone around them to stick to their chosen routine at all times. Adaptation is an essential part of child development.
Most children outgrow the desire for a rigid schedule after two years old. Children who become anxious are incapable of changing or adapting to new situations. The unpredictability element can leave them feeling wary since they don’t know how to prepare for these unexpected situations. They feel more comfortable with consistent schedules and repetitive activities. Whenever something happens where the routine is interrupted, consider talking with your child’s doctor to see if a specialist is needed.