Children are a huge blessing from God. Between their sweet smiles, innocent eyes, precious hugs, boundless energy, and insatiable desire to explore and learn, it's easy to love them so much. But we all know how temperamental and exasperating children can be when they haven't had enough sleep. The problem is, it's not always such an easy task to get them into bed and asleep for the night.
Here are 5 Tips For Putting Your Kids To Bed With Love:
1. Start a bath or shower soon after dinner. Allow plenty of time for the children to play and unwind in the warmth of the water. A nice warm bath is relaxing to the body and mind, not just for grown-ups but for children too. Plus it will help them fall asleep more easily when their head hits the pillow.
2. Make brushing and flossing teeth FUN. We sing our own homemade brushing song to the tune of Jingle Bells. Correction - I sing while my children brush. (It's actually been a tradition since the very first time I put a toothbrush into their mouth.) The children love to brush to a tune and it keeps them brushing until the song is over, which is an added bonus. Cleaner teeth!
3. One last potty break. To avoid bedtime stall tactics or having your child get out of bed five minutes after you've said goodnight, announce one final potty break and make sure they actually try to go. We can't control when our child has to go to the bathroom, but we can help prevent interruptions to sleep or middle of the night accidents by having them try to go before bed.
4. Start a family reading tradition. Allow each child to pick a book of their choice and snuggle up together as a family to read bedtime stories. I've been pleasantly surprised at how well the Berenstain Bears books go over for our girls. Each book teaches a life lesson in a way children can relate. Reading a family devotional before bed is also a great option for teaching about God and living a Christian lifestyle.
5. Establish a special way to say goodnight. Encourage bedtime prayers. Then blow kisses on the way out the door. Pretend the stuffed animals can talk and are there to help your child go to sleep. Sing a song to your child. (I started singing my own edited version of You Are My Sunshine to my girls and they've come to love hearing me sing to them.) It doesn't matter what you do, just find something uniquely special to you and your child.
Now you can get your much needed mommy time, or some extra Zzzzz's.
Author Bio:Rosann is currently residing in Western Pennsylvania with her husband, Mark, and their daughters, Faith and Abigail. After spending more than 15 years working in the auto finance industry, she now enjoys life as a stay-at-home mom. Writing for her blog ChristianSuperMom, Rosann has a strong desire to glorify God while sharing the heart of her journey through a life of faith.
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