Avoiding the Bedtime War Zone – Ruth L. Snyder

1 May 2012 Ruth L Snyder

pillow fightWhy is it that almost without exception, children love to hate bedtime? One of the most important things you can do as a parent or caregiver is to create bedtime routines. Here is a checklist to get you started:

  • Bath
  • Put on pajamas
  • Brush teeth
  • Bedtime snack/drink
  • Clean up toys
  • Read story together
  • Hugs
  • Tuck-in time

You may include all of the items listed above, or select only 2 or 3 to start with and build from there. The important thing is to be consistent. Once your child gets used to the bedtime routine, he or she will know what to expect and the “war zone” will disappear.

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