Is bedtime at your house more like a nightmare? Here are our favorite ideas for making bedtime a dream come true – for parents and kiddos.
- Make Bedtime Easier with these simple suggestions. I especially love how she points out the importance of one-on-one time at bedtime – it’s a great time to connect with each kid at the end of the day.
- For those giant imaginations, here are 10 ways to fight Bedtime Fears. (Check out the “monster spray” and “monster swatters”- brilliant!)
- These Bedtime Routines are great suggestions for kids transitioning back to the school year – not only making bedtime easier, but mornings too!
- Get Dad in on the fun – here are some great reasons for Rotating Bedtime Routine Between Parents. Fair warning though – Dad will likely become the favorite for bedtime. Don’t let this make you feel bad! Embrace it and enjoy the extra 30 minutes of alone time – trusting Dad with the kids is always a great idea.
- Incorporating a story at bedtime is always a great idea – here are our 5 Favorite Bedtime Books.
Our family continues “story-time” all the way through junior high, with Dad as the primary reader. Several series I recommend – Little House on the Prairie, Chronicles of Narnia, and Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little, and Trumpet of the Swan. Hero Biographies from YWAM are also a great resource for riveting stories that will make kids look forward to bedtime! (affiliate links provided for your convenience)
- Calming down at bedtime can be hard for high-energy kids. These tips for a Peaceful Bedtime Routine may help, and incorporate some of our favorite Essential Oils.
- Try these ideas for dealing with Separation Anxiety at Bedtime.
- Do you do Yoga? Here are 5 Kid-Friendly Poses for your child to try before bed.
- Try using a Psalm for Bedtime Prayers. I do this with my kids and when I go to sleep myself to help relax and put my mind at rest.
- This Sleepytime Rub is a simple way to incorporate essential oils into your bedtime routine. I also like diffusing Lavender, starting about 30 minutes before bedtime.
As our family has dealt with bedtime difficulties, we’ve often found our kids are mostly needing more Mom and Dad time. If they don’t get enough during the day, it’s like the try to cram it all in at bedtime! But, many of our most meaningful conversations have happened before bed and even into the dark hours of the night. So don’t get discouraged if bedtime isn’t working – take the opportunity to connect with your kids, find out what’s on their mind, and give them some extra TLC. Your sleep may suffer for a season, but your relationships will deepen.
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