Bedtimes for Children
Looking to make bedtimes calmer, easier and happier? And shorter?! Then look no further…..this article links to six activities for speedier, happier bedtimes. If you want to check up on the average number of hours a child needs to sleep click here for the NHS guidelines.
Each activity is super quick to set up – parents don’t have time for fancy pants activities – something has to give and it mustn’t be you.
You may read into my obsession with bedtime tasks that I have an unruly, crazy bunch who would terrify even super nanny. Well done, you’re sooooo right.
You might also think we must have had our fair share of crazy, stressy and unhappy bedtimes to be cracking open so much stationary. You’d be right again. (You’re really good at this.)
And we still do have some crazy bedtimes BUT I reckon that we are in good company! Bedtimes for children are always going to be a bit messy and a whole lot of crazy. After all we are our little peoples’ safe places. Kids are meant to test boundaries and have a hunger to learn. But these activities and planning a bit for bedtimes (sometimes!) has really helped.
I can promise that these six activities WON’T fix every bedtime (if they do then you must come and do ours!) but they should help .
They should bring with them bedtimes that you can all enjoy, a feeling of fuzziness and a speedier process. Sometimes! Hey just once makes things worth it in my book
It is normal. Promise.
Bedtimes for children are always going to be a bit bleurgh. With parenting I think it is so easy to feel like you’re doing stuff wrong. That everyone else has it all sussed. But that is just the sleep deprivation talking.
Kids simply don’t want their lovely day with you to end . They have a lot to process and make sense of BUT (big massive hummungous but!) you need an evening and a break for yourself*. And you shouldn’t feel guilty about this. Plus looking after overtired children the next day is zero fun. Bedtimes for children are worth spending a bit of time on as the returns can be fabulous!
So, with bedtimes feeling a lot like Groundhog Day (complete with lots of moaning – mainly from me – which wasn’t a great start to whatever little bit of evening we got!) I decided that things needed to get better. And that they could get better with very little work
History doesn’t have to keep on repeating itself. Things can be mixed up a bit. Kids can be redirected. I knew this as a teacher but as a parent I was soooooo much more tired! So it took over six years to properly get my thinking cap on!
It can change.
If you’re in a similar boat and trying to work out how you can enjoy the process more, read on…..all of the activities that follow are designed with speedier children’s bedtimes in mind (and low effort from you!). They also come complete with these hidden benefits!
- extra happiness
- self esteem
- development of their idea of self
- mental health support
- chance to share worries
Lastly please say hello!
I’m always looking to link up with other sites and people doing similar things, so give me a wave in comments or a contact via email if you think we could be friends
And good luck tonight! X
I really am going to stop talking now
Well, in a minute. Here follows my current SIX favourite activities to help with bedtimes for children…press the big green button to start the trail!
*DISCLAIMER – if you have a nap transitioning toddler this might not help much until they’ve dropped it. Living this now