This past week, we’ve been visiting with relatives, so our schedule’s been a bit off. The children participated in a lot of fun late-night activities, such as basketball games in the park, movies with snacks, and just hanging out with their cousins. Now that we’re home again, we have just a couple of days to get back into a routine — and get back to a regular bedtime.
The first thing we need to do is re-establish just what time is “bedtime”, and then get back to our bedtime rituals. After the younger three get ready for bed, we usually read a couple of picture books together, and then head upstairs to listen to a radio theater drama on a CD or online. Then it’s lights out for Luke and Lillie, while Cassie does some silent reading. During this time, John is finishing up the day’s school assignments and reading on his own as well.
If you’re working on establishing (or like us, re-establishing) a bedtime routine for your children, here are some other things you might want to include:
- Warm bath or shower
- Reading aloud from a novel with all of your children
- Snuggle up with your child and talk about the day’s events
- Say bedtime prayers together
- Listen to soothing music
- Sing to your children
- Brush their hair for them
- Make up a story and tell it to your children
- Hug and kiss them
A smooth and consistent bedtime makes getting up in the morning that much easier — which will be the next thing we’re going to work on. We need to get back into the groove before co-op on Monday. At least, we need to be able to get up on time.