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Monday, 16 May 2016

Do Your Children have a Bedtime Routine?

Do Your Children have a Bedtime Routine?


There seems to be a lot of talk about children's bedtime routines popping up at the moment. I mean, I've just been watching my daily dose of Loose Women where the well known Super Nanny Jo Frost was talking about how the bedtime routine should always consist of a 'Bath, Book and Bed' but I'm afraid I have to disagree. My children have always had a strict bedtime routine but our is somewhat different to that. For one we don't have a bath every night as two of my children suffer from Eczema (one more so than the other) but having a bath every night for them would only dry out their skin even more so we don't.

I've often been looked upon like the 'Mean Mum' from local friends as my kids all have set bedtimes which some might see as 'too early' but I don't care because for us they work and all my children are in bed by 8pm and asleep by 8.30pm whether it's a school night or not!

Our bedtime routine consists of:
  • Play stops at 6.30pm as it's time to relax - calm down.
  • 6.30pm is fruit time. They all sit down to enjoy an apple or some fruit on the settee.
  • 7pm Is bedtime for the youngest two aged 5 and 9. Both can read a book for half an hour but then it's lights out and sleep time. Both my children stay in their beds and are asleep before 8pm. We do have the odd bad day but 9 times out of 10 it goes to plan.
  • 8pm is my eldest's bedtime. She is 13 and this is the one that causes the most controversy for me as lots of other parents allow their teenager to stay up much later but that's them. 
My reasons for our times are simple. None of my children wake up really early and enjoy their sleep just like me. They have busy days with lots of exercises and fun in them. They are not lazy children, they do not have loads of screen time and are always encouraged to play outside in the fresh air. They live busy lives and need their sleep to grow.

If my children woke up really early then I would adjust our bedtimes accordingly to give them the sleep they need but as my children are often still asleep in the morning when it's time to get up around 7.30am - I'm happy that they are getting the right amount of sleep they need.

All three of my children including my eldest are doing well at school and are always there on time. They're always up on time and ready and never late. They're fit and healthy and full of beans throughout their day. As they get older our routine may change but for now our routine works and I'm not going to change it or mess with it for any one.

Our routine stands for every night throughout the whole year including school holidays. There are always a few exceptions for family occasions or nights out or for holidays away but otherwise our bedtime routine stands pretty firm. My children are happy and follow our routine really well. We don't have stressful bedtimes and everyone goes to bed happy making me happy and then giving me a few hours of quality Me Time before my bedtime.

You may not agree with my children's bedtime routine but that's OK as I may not agree with yours. Every child and family is different so we all have to do what works for us so that's what I do. At this point in our lives we'll continue as we are and sleep better for it.

Do Your Children have a Bedtime Routine?

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