Table of Contents
- Your Baby’s Gender: To Find Out or Not To Find Out
- Caffeine… or Caf-fiend?
- Helping Your Child Adjust to a New Sibling
- Your Words are Powerful
- Your Family Tree
- Your Baby’s Story
- What Teachers Wish They Could Say To Parents
- What Parents Wish They Could Say To Teachers
- Using TV and Video Games to Help your Kids Obey
- To Santa or Not To Santa?To Santa or Not To Santa?
- Thank You Cards
- Teaching Your Kids How To Write A Letter
- Take a Walk With Your Child or Grandchild
- Simple Table Manners For Children
- Sending Your Child to Kid’s Camp
- Rainy Day Projects for Kids
- Protecting Your Kids
- Pet Gift Ideas
- Outdoor Games For Your Kids
- Online Safety For Kids
- Long Distance Grandparent Project
- Let’s Have a Parade! Child’s Birthday Party Idea
- Kids Birthday Parties
- Keeping Books in Your Child’s Life
- Just Mommy and Me Dates
- Is Your Child Old Enough For A Pet?
- Indoor Games for Kids
- How To Teach Your Child To Pray
- How To Talk to Your Kids about God
- How to talk to your child about rejection
- How to Talk to your Child about Prayer
- How to Talk to your Child about Friends
- How to Talk to Your Child about Bullying
- How To Take The Stress Out of Christmas
- How To Start A Mommy Blog
- How to Prepare Your Pet for the New Baby
- How to prepare your child for a new dog
- How To Make Handprint Cookies With Your Kids
- How To Keep Long Distance Grandparents In The Know
- How To Get Your Kids To Do Chores
- How Moms Can Click the Refresh Button
- Housework Shortcuts For Families
- Grandma’s Story
- Getting Organized For School
- Gardening With Your Child
- Fun Family Christmas Traditions
- Find The Treasure In Your Child
- Easy Ornaments For Kids To Make
- Date Nights
- Color Coding Your Kids
- Christmas Vacation Activities for the Family
- Christmas Ornaments That Kids Can Make Themselves!
- Cheap Ornaments That Your Kids Can Make!
- Behavior – Being Silly With Your Kids
- Advent Calendar For Kids
- A Key To Peace With Your Kids
- 8 Toddler Toy Organizing Tips
- 5 Tips To Growing A Confident Child
- 5 Tips To Get Your Kids To Do Chores
- 5 Tips For Homework Success
After a long and busy day of playing and exploring her world, you would think that your toddler would be ready for a good peaceful night’s rest. But you put her pajamas on, read a story, give a goodnight kiss, only to have her calling for you or wandering out into the living room where you and Hubs are catching some late night TV.
Bedtime battles can escalate into the realm of total frustration and anger, which of course is not at all conducive to a peaceful night’s rest. There are many reasons for nighttime struggles, but sometimes it is simply the lack of a bedtime ritual that will slowly prepare your toddler for what is coming next.
Here are 5 ideas that may help with your toddler’s bedtime:
1. Establish a clear and simple ritual each night.
2. Think carefully before starting a ritual. Be sure it is something you are willing to do every night.
3. You may want to begin with a fun “Clean Up Time”. Make up a silly song and have your child help you put toys away at the end of the day.
4. Bath-time can be the perfect way to end each day and help set the tone for the evening. Don’t play loud or very active games in the bath. Try to keep it calm and soothing. This will help your child begin to unwind from her day and recognize that sleep time is coming.
5. Storybook time and a short little prayer minute once she is in her bed will help her become sleepy. Decide how many books you are willing to read and stick with it, otherwise it can become a challenge to get you to stay and keep reading longer than is wise and helpful. Soft music may be soothing each night also.
The key with these ideas is to set up a clear and familiar pattern that your son or daughter will soon recognize and expect each evening. His little body will begin to prepare itself for sleep without even trying. Repetition is comforting and soothing to a small child. It makes them feel safe and secure. They go to sleep knowing that all is well in their little world. Happy sleeptime!