Wednesday, September 13, 2006
WFMW ~ bedtime routines
Now that we're into the second week of school around here, we are still getting in the groove. Over the years I've sorta found some stuff that works for me to get the kids getting sleepy and getting to bed on time.
-make bed time the same every night if at all possible and as close to it as you can on the weekends too, if you've got elementary aged children. I know this won't always work but if you can be as close as possible it helps.
-no sugary snacks 2 hours before bedtime and that includes high sugar juices
-video games and hi action TV gets turned off an hour before bed
-for children who have a real difficult time make their routines exactly the same each night. eg. the order that you clean up, wash up, put on pj's, read a story, pray, bathroom, etc.
-now that my kids are older, I require that they are still in the their rooms by a certain time of night, then they can read in bed for 1/2 hour or so if they choose.
There you are. Hope if your having bedtime woes at least one of those will help.
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Posted at 6:47 AM