For a long, long time I’ve talked about the importance of rest in our kids’ lives, and along with that goes routine.
We all need rest, and we all thrive on routine.
Especially our little guys.
So it’s super important that from the start we create a bedtime routine that really, truly works for our kids.
What I’m finding is even now that my kids are older, they still need. The. Routine.
When my friends from Scholastic asked me to help create a printable for parents all about the bedtime routine, inspired by the talented Caroline Jayne Church, you bet I was game.
I was happy to do so. It’s a great reminder for the parents with bigger guys, and some of the resources I have here are super for parents of littler guys.
Here’s the skinny. . .
- Create A Bedtime Routine That Works:
1. Give your kids a gentle reminder that bedtime is around the corner. Have a little, low-sugar snack if dinner was early.
2. Bathtime, shower, clean those bodies. Really. We’ve got to get our kids into the habit of staying clean, and for us that really means having a nail brush (because man their nails get dirty–especially in the summertime!), and having washcloths close by all the time. If kids don’t need a full-fledged shower or bath, then they definitely should still clean face, hands, and feet!
3. Brush teeth. Our big guys still need help with this, especially if they’re rocking some metal in their mouths. Flossing, brushing adequately, and making sure teeth are brushed in the morning and evening is so important!
4. Pajamas on! Dirty clothes away, wet towels hung up to dry.
5. Night time clean-up. Once pj’s are on, we also stress that kid have to do a quick pick-up of their rooms. No one wants to wake up to a total mess in the morning!
6. Books, books, books! I still think it’s super-important to read with your kids before bed, no matter how old they are. It doesn’t matter what kind of reading it is–magazine, children’s book, graphic novel, or chapter book–we just want them reading!
7. Quiet conversation and love. Whether it’s prayers or a quick What was the best part of your day? or What are you most looking forward to tomorrow? Closing down the day this way is a great way to wrap up the day and prepare for tomorrow.
Check out the entire Scholastic Parents’ Caroline Jayne Church resource page, including the Bedtime ‘Cheat’ Sheet: 7 Simple Steps to a Sweet and Cuddly Bedtime Routine.
All of Caroline Jayne Church’s books are the perfect addition to bedtime routines and are totally worth checking out!
And that’s it. That’s the routine for us. I’d love to hear the routine for you!
Or check out a few other posts that may help you develop strong and healthy habits for your family:
- wait time
- my day, your day
- frozen peas
- kids who rock the kitchen
- kids who rock the laundry
- rest time
- gem jars
- arm circles
- noticing kids
- homework routine
fyi: This post was written as a partnership with Scholastic. As always, my opinions are all my own, influenced only by my experience as an educator and parent and by my three little loves.