Creating a bedtime routine does not have to be hard. These six tips will help you know how to create your own bedtime routine for your kids!
Our bedtime routine is one of the most necessary parts of our day. This simple routine helps our family thrive. Every parent knows that bedtime is a struggle. It is during this time of the day that the parents are the most tired. It is also when there are tired kids plus the desire to fight against any sense of control. This is why we have established a strong bedtime routine.
Our bedtime routine does not keep all chaos away. Trust me, there is still a lot of chaos, but I like to think of it as structured chaos. However, it does provide a framework for our evening. Today, I am sharing tips to help you create your own bedtime routine!
Six Tips for Creating a Bedtime Routine
Keep a regular bedtime.
Ever since my kids were little babies, we had a regular bedtime. This is something that helps them thrive and helps provide sanity for myself. On the longest of parenting days, we all need a little break so having a regular bedtime for your kids, provides that opportunity.
Have calm down time.
Instead of just going straight to bed, start off with some calm down time. This can look different based on your family’s specific needs. For our family, we usually watch a 30 minute show on Netflix.
Have a night time snack.
My kids love to call this their “night snack.” The funny thing is that even if they just had dinner an hour before, we still do night time snacks. It is part of the bedtime routine. I recommend sticking to non-sugary snacks. We like have pretzels with peanut butter or apples with peanut butter or yogurt.
Give a 5 minute warning.
Whenever I first heard about giving your child a 5 minute warning, I realized it was brilliant! Many times tantrums happen when there is no warning. However, giving a little 5 minute warning can help the child mentally prepare for bed.
A goal of ours is to read to our kids every night. We like to do this in their beds so they each get some one on one time. For our family it has worked for one of us to read to the boys (both separately) and the other to read to our daughter. The next night we switch. If you are not being read to, we encourage our kids to read quietly in their own beds.
Usually during this time we will also have a little talk time with the child we are reading to. I love being able to have this time to connect before the kids go to bed.
Read a verse and pray.
The final and most important part of our bedtime routine is to read a Bible verse and pray with our kids. It is so important to fill our children’s minds with truth. Bedtime is normally a time when fears can arise, so it is wise to use this time to give your child the tools to fight the fear.
These six habits help our bedtime routine work well. Remember, this is not a magical fix to all of your bedtime struggles. In fact, I want to encourage you to mentally prepare yourself for bedtime. There have been the bedtimes where I am exhausted and the last thing I want to do is any of this. I feel tired and short with my kids which usually results in worse behavior. It is helpful to give yourself a little pep talk before handling bedtime.
What about you? What does your bedtime routine look like?
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