Kids thrive in an environment that is structured. No, I’m not a child behavior specialist; however, I am a mother and a person that has been around my fair share of children to know that children perform better throughout the day when they have a good, set bedtime routine at home.
Children who do not have a good bedtime routine are more apt to have mid-day meltdowns, tantrums, and may even fall asleep in class. I’ve been around children in schools of all different age ranges throughout various times during the day and have witnessed a variety of differences in children who do not have a set bedtime routine.
What works in one home, may not work for others; especially due to work and extra curricular activities, but keeping on a schedule will benefit your child, trust me! Here is an example of our week day morning and nighttime routines :
5:30 a.m.—I wake up and get ready for work while sipping on a cup of coffee.
6:00 a.m.—Get breakfast started for kids
6:30 a.m.—Wake kids up for school.
6:30-7:15 a.m.—Kids get ready for school.
7:30 a.m.— Off to school for kids and off to work for me.
5:00 p.m.—Arrive home from work with kids from day care.
5:10 p.m.—Start homework, if they have not done so already.
5:15 p.m.—Get dinner started, while also helping with homework.
6:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.— Eat dinner and start after-dinner chores or get ready for extracurricular activities depending on the day of the week.
7:30 p.m.—Bedtime Routines Start, , unless it’s an activity night then bath time starts once we return around 8:00 p.m
Baths start for the 1st child as I assist in bathing them. After baths/showers for all 3 kids, they brush their teeth, clean their ears, brush their hair, give night-night sugars, and climb in bed to wait for a nighttime story. All 3 children are in bed no later than 8/8:30 p.m. depending on the night; ages range from 4-10 years of age.
Even when my children were babies, I kept them on a good routine for their naps to avoid getting too much sleepy time close to bed time; after their first birthdays, they slept through the night—thank goodness! Again, what works for my family, won’t necessarily work for yours, but creating a good schedule –and sticking to it—is key to getting your kiddos on a good bedtime routine!
Not to mention the fact that I get some much needed alone time every night around the same time! Self-care is important, y’all! We all thrive better when everyone in the household is well rested!