There are certain things that we do perfectly as parents. When we ace certain things, like potty training successfully, we want to share our success story with our friends and fellow moms. We want to shout it out to the world that whatever technique used was the right one, and that we do actually have some clue how to do this thing called parenting. But there are also those things that we don’t do so well. The things that make our ears perk up when the topic comes up at the playground to see if there are better ways– tips and tricks– to help us do “it” a little better. For me, at this moment in parenting (because, let’s admit it, these issues change constantly as our kids grow) it’s the bedtime routine. We are a little off-track.
My teenage son has it down now. Phew. My four year old daughter, not so much. And with a baby on the way, I am starting to stress about her being so needy when it’s time to go to sleep. While there are no bedtime tantrums, she does require one of us to lie down with her most nights until she falls asleep. She wants to have several stories read to her, a little movie before bedtime, a drink of water, another stop to the bathroom…. it goes on and on. Before we know it, two hours have passed, and we are still working at getting her to go to sleep.
Ideally, I would love to have her trained (ok, I know that’s a harsh word, but it is what it is) to go to bed on her own by the time our third child makes it into this world. It would be nice to read one or two stories to her, turn out the lights and say goodnight without her getting out of bed to find us a million times. Do you have any tricks that you can share that helped you establish a better bedtime routine with your kids?over
While pondering this very topic over a week ago, I received an email from a local mama, Lauren Sheppard, who has written two lovely, calming bedtime books, Wonder and Delight and You are the World, that are available to read in their entirety online. Pop on over, give them a read and try them out if you are having the same struggles.
It’s nice to know that this is a common struggle that many of us have. For those of you who have aced the bedtime routine, your advice is greatly appreciated here!