Our new bedtime routine
For quite some time now bedtime in this house has been deteriorating. It is one of the hardest times of the day, yet it should be the most enjoyable, the chance for you to spend time with your children, reading etc.
My children were always over excited, jumping around, playing very silly noisy games which would mostly result in arguments and tears. Trying to get the children to calm down and get ready for bed was tough, then getting them to calm down to have a nice story together and sleep was even tougher! Sound familiar? I needed to try something new, as our routine was clearly not working anymore. Here’s what I did…..
Bedtime/quiet time box
I made up a bedtime/quiet time box containing things like puzzles, paper and pencils, colouring books, fuzzy felt, lacing and sticker books. I put it on the landing for all the children to access. I change the content of the box every so often so they don’t get bored of it.
Next we talked about a new routine together. After dinner was to be a no screen time, children go upstairs and play/ read in their rooms using anything from the bedtime box, or lego. During quiet time the children get ready for bed one by one, then we have story time. Pinky and Boo have lights out at 7pm, while BB has to be in bed by 7pm, but can read on his own until 7.30pm.
For us this new routine seems to be working really well. It has calmed the children down and we are not fighting nearly as much with them to get ready for bed. Daddy and I are now getting some lovely quality play time with them and everything feels so much calmer.
I am loving bedtime again, we get to play together, do lego, puzzles, colour and talk. We have much nicer reading/story time again, which is great for one to one time and BB is liking his half an hour of reading time too, it has really inspired him to enjoy his books.
Obviously it is not all perfect, the children still have their ups and downs, but it feels so much better and manageable, when there are issues, they get resolved quicker. I am loving our new bedtime routine!