Goodnight, Moon. Goodnight, Child. GO TO SLEEP!
Sleep is important, so important for the little folk. Routines are important, too. An urbanMama recently emailed us, looking for your tips and tricks with the bedtime routines:
OK, I've just lost my temper with my almost 5 year old for the nth night in a row due to what has become a way-too-drawnout bedtime routine. She's almost 5, and for a long time the routine was brush teeth, 3 books, a couple songs, night night. My husband and I have always alternated (we also have a 1 year old, so we take turns with each of them). Over the years, bedtime has evolved into a routine that involves extensive storytelling after the bookreading, long chats, acting out stories, sometimes drawing the stories etc. We try to keep it within a certain timeframe (about an hour) and while it is often the best quality time my husband or I have with her on work days, it is becoming absolutely draining. In part because it is a long process but also because it so often ends with her whining, crying, and begging for more. We have to wake up early so I feel like a bedtime btwn 8-8:30 is reasonable, but as of late it sometimes lasts later. I need time to myself and with my husband afterward, and the worst part of all of this is that I am kind of dreading that time with her. How do other families handle bedtime? What are your routines, how do you establish limits, and also make it a pleasant good night??