Kids thrive with a regular routine and a bedtime routine is not different. You can easily set one up that you use every night, and it will cut out your kid's bedtime meltdowns.
Children love routine! Studies have shown that children with a regular bedtime routine have more of a sense of security. A routine helps children of all ages feel more secure and builds confidence within their day to day life activities.
BEDTIME ROUTINES GIVE:
Having a regular bedtime routine gives kids the opportunity to be cooperative because they know what to expect. With a routine you are setting them up for nightly success. This is always a good thing!
There are clear benefits for your children to have a bedtime. Studies have concluded that kids with a regular bedtime routine have an advantage over children that don't.
Everyday, kids are learning so many things from, how to share toys, to spelling their name, to how to hit a baseball. When you have no consistency surrounding your child's bedtime routine, you are steal away from them great learning opportunities. Here's what children, from all ages, can learn from having their own bedtime routine.
Give your kids these great learning opportunities!
How do you know if your bedtime routine isn't working? There are many things that could be going wrong with your routine, (if you have one) but, here are the most obvious ones:
1. Fights: Regular bedtime battles (at least 3-4 times a week)
2. Frustration: If your kids become frustrated with you when you ask them to stop what they are doing and go to bed. There is not predictability which leads to your kids getting frustrationed and angry when you randomly stop their playtime.
3. Fear: Before fear can take hold, first comes worry, stress, and anxiety. Children's brain's are not equipped to deal with these kind of emotions like we do. Look for any signs that might be causing worry, stress, or anxiety so you can eliminate or minimize them.
When you see either, fighting, frustration, or fear (or all three) associated with your child's bedtime then, it's time to evaluate your nighttime routine.
If you were a kid agin, how would you feel about your bedtime? Think about how your kids feel about their bedtime. Think about some of these things:
Don't think of it as, just a bedtime routine, but think of it as an amazing experience that you get to share with your child each, and every night until they have out grown their desire of it.
Trust me, as a mom with teenagers you need to enjoy every second you can! It flies by way, too fast!
Having a regular and predictable bedtime routine for your children can change your whole families life. You will be amazed at the difference it can make. If, you already have one, but are unconsistent at keeping it, today is your day to get committed and tighten up those lose end. Create your kids best bedtime experience today!
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