Either your kids have started back to school or Labor Day is fast approaching and off they go. If you are like me then there is nothing worse than getting back into the school schedule. All those late nights and kids sleeping in until noon are over! So, if you haven’t already implemented a plan to ease your kids back into the school bedtime routine I am here to try and ease your pain. Below are a variety of techniques to try and get you and your kids back into the swing of things.
- Early to Bed and Early to Rise: Start pushing back bedtime 10 – 15 minutes each night until desired time is achieved.
- Wake up 10-15 minutes earlier until ridiculously early wake up time is achieved.
- Have you or your children put out the clothes they are going to wear the next day. This minimizes the nasty morning mood of “nothing looks good” and “I have nothing to wear”.
- Make lunches the night before.
- Fill up water bottles with ice and water the night before.
- Try and get homework out of the way as soon as kids get home.
- If your kids are in extra-curricular activities you may want to consider feeding them dinner prior to practice and then having a late snack packed for them to eat on the way home.
- Implement “reading time” before bed. 10 to 15 minutes of reading before bed helps to relax the mind and tire out those eyes as opposed to electronic devices and television which has the counter affect.
- Try and shower at night. I know a lot of people want to shower in the morning to “wake up”, but showering at night eliminates that extra 20 minutes (or more) in the morning so that you can sleep instead. Also, showering/bathing at night is another relaxing, calming bedtime ritual.
- Finally, if your kids don’t wake up to their own alarm (i.e. you are their alarm) then it is time that they learn. By having their own alarm go off they are not only learning to take responsibility for waking themselves up (a much needed trait once in college), but it saves you the aggravation of them growling at you in the morning!
All in all these steps are about forming a habit. Even though it takes a little more than 2 months to truly form a habit (and maybe more for some) it is worth it! Getting on a healthy sleeping schedule is something that you will cherish for the rest of your life.
You wonder why so many pediatricians recommend getting your baby on a good sleeping schedule? Well, many of your sleeping habits are a result of your parents. In other words, your kids sleeping habits depend upon you, and a well rested mind is a more productive and successful mind. Therefore, suffer for a few months to get your kids on a good sleep schedule and it will benefit you and them for the rest of your lives!
The 4Sleep Family