The transition from daytime busy-ness to sleepy and relaxed bedtime can sometimes be a stressful period of the day to manage. But with the help of a regular routine, including one or two cherished rituals, bedtime can truly become a treasured time of day.
Every night before bed, after pyjamas have been put on, teeth brushed, and faces washed we all sit together and read a story. The girls are still a little too small for chapter books, so instead we have been steadily working through every picture book known to man, thanks to our local library!
After the story has finished, we have a round of ‘Favie Thing’ – a quick review of each person’s best thing of the day. Sometimes a little prodding is necessary – if you let her, Lola will say that dinner was her favourite every day of the week! On the other end of the scale Ava will list every single thing that happened to her that day, but I think it is a nice way to end the day on a positive note, and also let the girls take the time to process their day.
And some lovely links…
- Bedtime rituals that forge warm memories
- Sweet bedtime rituals
- 5 Lovely Bedtime rituals
- Establish a sequence of bedtime rituals
- Great bedtime ideas for big kids
Tell me, how does your family make bedtime a special time of day? Please share in the comments section below :-)