The following was written by Simple Kids editor Kara Fleck and originally appeared August 2010.
We’ve talked before about my belief that kids need routines they can count on. Bedtime is one of the routines we hold sacred at our house. The order is always the same and, with rare exception, we don’t deviate from this routine.
Sometimes mommy is in charge of bedtime and sometimes daddy is, but the line-up is the same, no matter who is telling the story and tucking them in. The kids rely on it and I think they find comfort in knowing that the routine will be consistent, whether we are at home, traveling and staying in hotels, or at Grandma’s house.
This routine helps us to provide an anchor for the kids when life changes happen. During times when the rest of our life is in flux, Chris and I make a greater effort to make sure that some things stay the the same for the children.
Bedtime is one of those routines that helps us hold steady as a family.
Our Simple Bedtime Routine
Our bedtime routine is:
- Brushing Teeth
- Story Time
Bath and Pajamas
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